The young center-back has a release clause of €35m.
from the Ligue 2 side FC Sochaux-Montbeliard in 2017. The young defender has established himself as one of the most promising center-backs of the Bundesliga in recent seasons. According to
are set to activate Konate's release clause in the summer, with
being a big fan of the player. Konate featured in only 14 Bundesliga matches last season as he suffered an ankle injury in December which sidelined him for two months.Dayot Upamecano
, who played the majority of the season alongsideWilli Orban
at the heart of the team’s defense, will also leave the club in the summer. Upamecano will joinBayern Munich
, who are keen to find a long-term replacement forDavid Alaba
. Konate’s contract with Leipzig runs until 2023, but Liverpool are expected to activate the player’s €35m release clause.
Back in March, Leipzig's sporting director
said the club were hopeful of keeping Konate.
"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.
"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."