According to its sources, the network reported that Liverpool is working to end the deal for the French defender, who underwent preliminary medical checks before moving to Anfield.
Although the network published the news according to its sources, it did publish statements by Marcus Kroch, the sporting director of the German club, in which he denied the possibility of Konate’s departure.
Crouch said: “I think that the departure of the player is not an option at the present time, as his contract with us extends for a long time, and he knows what we mean to him and what it means to us.”
Konate, a former Sochaux player, has a contract with Leipzig until 2023.
He added, “He was not lucky last year due to a long injury, but this year he is developing well and he is a very important player and has a lot of potential.”
“We want to help him develop further. We have a very good team, so I don’t see a reason why he should leave Leipzig,” he added.
Liverpool has reached an advanced stage in its negotiations to obtain the services of Ibrahima Konate of Leipzig, according to The Athletic Network.
The English club is seeking to settle the deal as soon as possible to secure the 21-year-old Frenchman.
It is reported that the penalty clause in the Konate contract amounts to 40 million euros.
Konate is currently participating with the French national team for players under 21 years old in the European Junior Championships in Hungary and Slovenia.
Konate is spending his fourth season with Leipzig.
Liverpool hopes to win the player’s services to strengthen its defense, which has suffered many absences this season, which has cost it a sharp decline in the Premier League standings.