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Real Madrid Are Eyeing A Move For This Liverpool Defender: Good Choice For Ancelotti?

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In a recent report, Media Foot mentioned that Real Madrid are eyeing a move for Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate. It has been claimed that Los Blancos are hoping to make a surprise move to acquire the services of the French centre-back.

Konate’s Difficult Campaign At Merseyside

Konate has endured a tough season at Anfield as he has struggled to remain injury-free for the Reds so far. The French defender helped his nation reach the final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar recently. However, he has just featured in four matches for the Merseyside club during this campaign across various competitions.

The Paris-born sensation has caught the eye with his performances in Europe and has done well to average 1.0 tackles, 0.5 interceptions and 3.0 clearances per 90 minutes in the UEFA Champions League. He has even distributed the ball relatively well from the back after completing 78.2% of his attempted passes in European football (stats via whoscored).

Konate is under contract at the Merseyside club until the summer of 2026. Thus, Los Blancos will struggle to land him on the cheap if they decide to move in for him this year.

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

Is Konate A Good Choice For Real Madrid Boss Carlo Ancelotti?

Konate can be a solid defender at the back when he is playing regularly and confidence on the field. He is a good tackler of the ball and can step up to earn the ball back for his team on the defensive end of the field. The French sensation can snuff out the danger quickly and doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when needed. He is also one of the best ball-playing defenders in the Premier League.

Thus, Real Madrid would be wise to move in for him in the future as he has what it takes to become a success story at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium if he can steer clear of injuries.

At 23, Konate’s best years are ahead of him which him a great choice for the Madrid giants to consider this year. We can expect the Liverpool talent to add more bite and steel to Carlo Ancelotti‘s defence and could help Los Blancos challenge for multiple trophies in the coming seasons.

Thus, it makes sense for Real Madrid to engineer a move to bring Konate to the Spanish capital as he ticks all the right boxes in terms of what Ancelotti demands from his centre-backs.

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