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no talks Ibrahima Konaté's latest comments shine on a light on stories claiming he is 'close' to joining Liverpool

Sunday World broke the story of Liverpool's interest in Konaté in mid-March


Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig. (Photo by Ahmad Mora/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig. (Photo by Ahmad Mora/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig. (Photo by Ahmad Mora/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konaté has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool in recent months, yet the French international has now spoken out on claims that he has already held talks with the Anfield club.

The Sunday World broke the story that Konaté was one of Liverpool's top transfer targets for this summer in mid-March, with subsequent reports in Germany and the UK confirming he is on a list of potential signings for Jurgen Klopp's side.

There have been reports that Konaté's advisers had already started talks with Liverpool over a potential move, with a leading reporter in Germany claiming a deal was 'close' between the two parties.

Yet Konaté has now told Bild that he has not spoken to Liverpool and it seems his focus is on RB Leipzig for now.

"There are often rumours in football and many believe them immediately," stated Konaté.

"I or my agents didn’t get a call from Liverpool. I also have big goals with RB Leipzig.

"These are currently the best possible results in the Bundesliga, reaching the cup final and the U21 European Championship with France."

With his Leipzig team-mate Dayot Upamecano agreeing a deal to join Bayern Munich this summer, Konaté now appears to be the next big target for European clubs eyeing up a deal for a player who has a £34million release clause in his contract.

Yet he seems relaxed with his position at Leipzig as he added: "I have a contract until 2023. And contracts are there to finish."

The Sunday World understands that Konaté is very much a target for Liverpool, but no decision on transfers have been made yet as funds will need to be generated by the departure of star names.

Liverpool may also have to decide whether to make Ozan Kabak's loan move from Schalke permanent or make a move for Konaté, with finances likely to be tight for Klopp unless he sanctions the sale of one of his star men to fund a squad rebuild.

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