Liverpool can sign RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konaté for less than the €40m quoted earlier this year.

That’s according to SportBILD journalist Christian Falk, who says the defender’s release clause is actually between €32.5m and €34m this summer.

Konaté has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool over the last month following reports in England that they were closing in on a deal.

That has been pulled back in Germany, where several reports have indicated the player is not actually on the Reds agenda at this moment in time as they are pursuing a permanent deal for Ozan Kabak.

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Nonetheless, he remains a player that they have looked at, mostly because of his undeniable talent but also a more than affordable €40m release clause in his contract.

Except, according to Falk, that release clause is smaller than what has been reported, with the Frenchman actually available for a price between €32.5m and €34m.

Whether this has changed Liverpool’s stance isn’t mentioned, but recent reports indicated they were targeting Kabak because he was cheaper at €30m.

However, if all it would take is an extra €4.5m at most to get Konaté, that could change their reasoning significantly as they target a long-term partner for Virgil van Dijk.