Liverpool transfer round-up as Konate price tag rises amid Mbappe boost

Liverpool will need to work some more accounting magic in the transfer market this summer if they want to make any new additions.

The Reds were clever last summer to arrange deals with both Wolves and Bayern Munich for the respective transfers of Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara.

Both players were acquired for minimal initial outlay, believed to be in the region of £4million each, with further payments due in installments.

And it is likely the club will have to operate in a similar fashion again in the forthcoming window after they announced pre-tax losses of £46m for the year ending May 2020.

With that in mind, here are the latest transfer rumours around Anfield.

Konate fee rises

Liverpool are thought to be closing in on the signing of Red Bull Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate but may have struck a hitch in the negotiations.

According to The Telegraph, Liverpool chiefs have learned that Konate's transfer will cost them more than they were initially planning, with his buyout clause set at £40m.

That is still a relatively decent price for the 21-year-old, who is deemed to be one of the most-promising centre-backs in European football.

But with Liverpool struggling to make the top four, the deal could be scuppered if they do not have the lucrative finances of Champions League football to fall back on.

Toffees eye Coutinho

Former Liverpool favourite Philippe Coutinho may be faced with a test of loyalty this summer amid reported interest from Merseyside rivals Everton.

The Brazilian midfielder is one of the players Barcelona are keen to offload to reduce their wage bill and recoup some much-needed funds.

Coutinho has only made 14 appearances this season and has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign with a knee injury.

Bayern Munich are said to be open to taking him back but Marca report that Everton could provide stiff competition.

Barca have accepted they will make a loss on Coutinho – who cost them an initial £105m in 2018 – with his current asking price said to be around £35m.

Mbappe boost

Liverpool have been put on red alert after PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted Kylian Mbappe had been asking about life in the Premier League and practicing his English.

The French forward has been heavily linked with a switch to Anfield with his contract at PSG set to expire in 2022, though the Reds face competition from Real Madrid, with Mbappe also speaking their native tongue.

"Kylian loves football, he loves to talk about football,” Pochettino told The Guardian . “He asks about England – how is the game, the mentality and the culture there?

“He’s only 22 but very mature, confident in his talent and open. He can speak French, of course, but also perfect English and Spanish.

"I speak in English and Spanish with him – more English than Spanish. I said to him the other day: ‘I need to practise my French with you, to improve,’ and he said: ‘Sure, but it’s better for me to talk in English.’ He loves to practise different languages."

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