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Al-Ittihad have sounded out Liverpool centre-back Ibrahima Konate

Al-Ittihad want to sign Liverpool centre-back Ibrahima Konate and have sounded out a move for the France international, according to RMC Sport journalist Fabrice Hawkins.

However, the 24-year-old feels good at the Anfield club and believes he can achieve his goals by remaining with the Reds.

Al-Ittihad signed Fabinho from Liverpool earlier this summer for £40 million and have already registered interest in both Mohamed Salah and Joe Gomez.

The Merseyside club have insisted they have no plans of selling any of their most important players in the final days of the summer transfer window, and the Saudi Pro League club are unlikely to come forward with a bid for Konate.

Al-Ittihad are currently managed by former Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo and have snapped up Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante too so far this summer.

They want to bolster their defence ahead of the Club World Cup in December and would love to sign both Gomez and Konate from Liverpool if they had their way.

The Frenchman is currently injured but has been a key player since joining Jurgen Klopp’s side from RB Leipzig in the summer of 2021, featuring in 55 games across all competitions to date.

Konate currently earns £70,000 per week at Liverpool and still has three more years left on his deal, and while the Saudi Pro League defending champions can comfortably hand him wages worth five times what the Reds are offering him, remaining with one of the biggest clubs in Europe appeals more to the player.

Klopp is facing a battle to hold on to some of his most important players, and while the European transfer window closes on Friday, the Saudis can still sign players up until September 7, which could complicate matters for Liverpool and other clubs should any of their stars decide to leave for the riches of the Middle East after this weekend.

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