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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)

Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konaté and there have been suggestions that talks are already at an advanced stage, but the latest reports from Germany suggest he may make a move to an alternative club this summer.

The Sunday World broke the news last month that Liverpool were weighing up an offer for French centre-back Konaté, with The Athletic subsequently reporting talks were progressing for the deal to be completed.

Yet Bild in Germany have now suggested Konaté could be set for a move elsewhere, as they report RB Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff has been assured by Liverpool chiefs that they are not pushing to sign the defender.

Konaté's fitness record may be an issue Liverpool will consider when they look to make a move for a defender ahead of next season, with the Frenchman spending lengthy periods in the treatment room this season.

As a result, he has only started four league game this season, with RB Leipzig's faltering challenge to overhaul Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga standings proceeding in his absence.

With his fellow RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano already agreeing a deal to join Bayern Munich next season, it remains to be seen where Konaté will go, yet Liverpool will be keen to sign players with solid fitness records after a season that has seen so many of their defenders in the treatment room.

Liverpool have yet to make any public comments on their transfer plans for this summer, but we understand they could be open to signing TWO central defenders, with Joel Matip facing an uncertain future at the club as his ongoing fitness issues may force the club to look at more reliable alternatives.

As ever with these transfer tales, all sides may be playing for time before the moves get underway in earnest in June and July, with Liverpool certain to sign defenders ahead of next season.

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