Liverpool 'is not an option for Ibrahima' - sporting director dismisses reports

Liverpool ‘is not an option for Ibrahima’ – sporting director dismisses reports

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RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche has excused reports recommending centre-back Ibrahima Konate is near joining Liverpool.

News broke on Monday expressing Liverpool were in cutting edge arrangements with the 21-year-old defender and were near doing what needs to be done to bring the in-demand defender over to Anfield this late spring.

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However, speaking to Stats Perform News (via Sky Sports News), Krosche did his best to pour cold water on the speculation, suggesting that a move to Anfield isn’t in the defender’s plans.

“I think that this is not an option for Ibu,” Krosche said. “He has a long contract with us and he knows what we mean to him and what he means to us.

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“He was unlucky last year as he had a long-term injury but this year he is developing well and he is an extremely important player that has a lot of potential.

“We want to help him to develop further, and we play in Europe and have a very good team, so I don’t see a reason for him to leave us.”

Unfortunately for Krosche, there’s not exactly much he can do to stop this one. If Liverpool can reach an agreement over personal terms with Konate, they can opt to trigger his release clause of around £35m and bypass negotiations with Leipzig altogether.

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