“Not an option” – Liverpool left disappointed after some fans celebrated the £40M transfer that never was

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Have Liverpool fans been misled regarding a proposed deal to sign Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig? It appears as though that may well be the case.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, yesterday The Athletic‘s David Ornstein reported that Liverpool were close to completing the signing of Konate, who is believed to have a release clause in his contract in the region of £40M.

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Considering how short on options the champions have been in that area of the field this campaign to date, it’s no surprise that some Liverpool fans on social media began to get excited over the prospect of Konate’s arrival.




However, it appears as though they may have been getting ahead of themselves a little. In quotes carried by Sky Sports, RB Leipzig director Markus Krosche has moved to rule thout the possibility of the deal happening.

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

“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.”

RB Leipzig will be understandably resistant to part with Konate, having already lost Dayot Upamecano, and thus Liverpool could be set to miss out on signing the 21-year-old.

All those Liverpool supporters that will have sat through YouTube compilations to study the Frenchman yesterday must be feeling pretty silly right now.

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