Manchester United are eyeing a new central defender just in case Baily decides to leave this summer.
Some influential figures at United feel that Eric Baily should pair up with Harry Maguire. He has outstanding defensive skills but hasn’t been able to maintain his fitness. United are reportedly negotiating a new contract with him.
Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar, prefers Victor Lindelof to the Ivory Coast man. However, this seems to have brought frustrations.
Solskjaer’s side hopes they can agree to terms with Baily, or it will force them to sign a new centre-back, which is not their plan.
Ibrahima Konate is heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, and Jurgen Klopp hopes to get full support from the board to sign the centre-back.
Reports indicate that the Reds already got in touch with RB Leipzig and are finalizing on a deal before other clubs try to hijack the deal.
At 21 years of age, Konate costs £34 million and will be free to leave if a reasonable offer lands. Therefore, Solskjaer’s side will have to act faster if they keen on signing the centre-back.
Ozan Kabak, who joined the Reds on loan from Schalke, has continued to impress at Anfield. In eight appearances, he has been able to maintain five clean sheets for Liverpool.
Liverpool has an option to sign the 21-year-old permanently in the loan deal. The club will therefore have to decide whether to sign them both or one of them.
It will cost Liverpool over £50m to sign both players. Signing both players would be ideal for Klopp, but a reasonable decision will have to be made.