Real Madrid plotting Swoop for Liverpool Defender
Real Madrid are plotting a swoop for Liverpool defender.
News One reports that Real Madrid are reportedly interested in a summer deal for Liverpool centre-back Ibrahima Konate, who is admired by Carlo Ancelotti.
This online news platform understands that the Liverpool defender has earned plenty of plaudits for his performances in Merseyside red since joining Jurgen Klopp’s team from RB Leipzig in the summer of 2021.
The France international ended his debut season at Anfield with an FA Cup and EFL Cup winners’ medal, scoring three goals and providing one assist in 29 appearances across all tournaments.
Konate only made 11 Premier League appearances as he competed with Joel Matip for a spot in Klopp’s backline, and injuries have restricted him to a mere four matches this term.
Nevertheless, the 23-year-old was included in France’s squad for the 2022 World Cup and made five appearances at the tournament, including a start in their semi-final win over Morocco.
Liverpool have Konate under contract at Anfield until the end of the 2025-26 season, but according to Mediafoot, Real Madrid are considering a move for the ex-Leipzig man in the summer.
The report states that Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti is an admirer of Konate’s qualities and has informed the board of his desire to bring the defender to the Bernabeu for the 2023-24 season.
Ancelotti is seemingly spearheading Real Madrid’s pursuit of Konate, and the Champions League winners are hopeful that the lure of the Spanish capital and Los Blancos’ financial power can make a deal possible.
However, News One Nigeria understands that Liverpool would likely be reluctant to let Konate leave to their upcoming Champions League opponents, who already have a number of options in the heart of the backline.