Ibrahima Konate ‘dissatisfied’ at RB Leipzig as Liverpool plot to trigger centre-back’s £34m release clause this summer

LIVERPOOL target Ibrahima Konate is reportedly growing increasingly frustrated with life at RB Leipzig.

The centre-back is tipped to make the move to Anfield this summer, via a £34million release clause in his contract.

A number of teams are said to still be in the running for his signature with no transfer announced yet.

But Leipzig's chances of keeping Konate appear to be dwindling amid the latest reports from the Bundesliga club.

According to Sky Germany, he is growing increasingly dissatisfied with being stuck on the bench.

Not since December has the Frenchman started a game for Leipzig and he watched both defeats to Liverpool in their recent Champions League encounter as a substitute.

Ankle and muscle injuries have hampered Konate's availability this season but he returned to fitness in February, only to see 40 minutes of action since.

Last month, The Athletic reported on Liverpool nearing a deal to sign the 21-year-old.

Medical checks are said to be already underway but RMC Sport indicate that Konate's camp remains cautious over the switch.

Manchester United and Chelsea have also been linked with the centre-back as they look to bolster their defence for next season.

Although is Liverpool, currently without Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, who have struggled most at the back.

Konate has asserted that he is remaining focused on his football amid the reports, recently stating: "I woke up, I saw my phone ringing all over the place.

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"I just wanted to tell them, 'Hey, I played yesterday, I'm tired, leave me alone'.

"Frankly, I don't even watch this. We can't focus on that, there are the Euros and then my return to the club.

"You have to focus on that and not on the external things."

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