Revealed: Liverpool agree £49m Konate deal as announcement plan revealed
Liverpool will nearly double the wages of defender Ibrahima Konate when he completes a transfer that may not be announced until next month, Football Insider understands.
The Premier League giants have been putting the finishing touches to the centre-back’s move over the last 72 hours after confirming to RB Leipzig they will trigger his £30.5million release clause.
As revealed by Football Insider on Tuesday morning (£25th May), Konate has already undergone the first part of his Liverpool medical and agreed a five-year contract.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that the total cost of the deal will be at least £49m.
This is made up of the transfer fee and a basic wage worth around £70,000-a-week.
That will be topped up by add-ons based on appearances and the performances of the team as well as his own individual ones.
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Konate will not slot straight into the top bracket of earners at Anfield, where the best paid are the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Liverpool are set to pay the entire transfer fee for Konate up front in one payment rather than in a series of instalments as they normally would.
The deal has been tied up but it may not be officially announced for a number of weeks.
Konate will figure for France in the European Under-21 Championship that starts next week after missing out on selection for their highly competitive senior squad.
He will bring cover and competition to a Liverpool central defence that was severely hit during the recently-completed season.
Nonetheless, the Frenchman has a chequered injury history of his own and has had poor unavailability over the last two seasons.
The defender has made just eight Bundesliga starts among 21 appearances this season.