Last month, there were claims Liverpool were finalising a deal to sign RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konaté.
Since then, various claims have been made in France and Germany regarding the Reds’ effort to sign the defender.
On March 31st, Sky in Germany reported the Merseyside club are yet to make a concrete offer for the 21-year-old.
Bild now claims the Bundesliga side are ‘caught in the Konaté trap’ as he continues to attract attention from top European clubs.
Only Jürgen Klopp’s side get a mention as they state the France U21 international is included in Liverpool’s summer transfer target list.
It’s claimed the centre-back ‘feels at home’ at Leipzig, where he has a contract until 2023 that has a €40m release clause. This makes it relatively easy for suitors to take him away from the Germany club.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side want to avoid losing the player as they want him to replace Dayot Upamecano as Leipzig’s main defender next season.
An ankle injury forced Konaté to spend time away from the pitch at the start of this year and he made his first league start of 2021 in his side’s 4-1 victory over Werder Bremen last weekend. He showed a ‘solid performance’ against Werder Bremen.
If the Frenchman continues to shine until the end of the season and also impresses for France at the U21 European championship in the summer, Bild explain Leipzig will be ‘powerless’ to retain him, if a club pays his release clause.
To sum it up, Leipzig bosses are aware if Konaté ‘plays too well, he’s gone’ in the next window, possibly to Liverpool.