Arne Slot faces early Liverpool test as PSG ‘sound out’ move for key player

Arne Slot faces an early test as Liverpool boss as Paris Saint-Germain are keen on taking one of his players.

Slot will officially become Liverpool boss on 1 June, penning a three-year contract as Jurgen Klopp’s replacement.

The likes of Thiago Alcantara and Joel Matip are also departing Anfield but there’s word on another possible exit.

According to L’Equipe, Ibrahima Konate is attracting interest from a number of clubs, including PSG.

The centre-back signed for Liverpool from RB Leipzig in a £36 million switch in 2021 and has gone on to make 90 appearances for the Reds.

He still has two years on his contract at Liverpool and is believed to be happy on Merseyside.

However, PSG are waiting in the wings if Konate does decide to move on in the summer.

The club and player have been in discussions over a contract extension for quite some time and were developing positively.

However, Konate wanted talks to be put on hold until the end of the season and a meeting is set to take place to discuss things further.

PSG have not made an official approach but have let it be known, through intermediaries, that they are admirers.

They are one of a number of clubs who will be waiting to see what the outcome of the upcoming talks are.

As a Parisian, Konate himself has spoken about possibly playing for PSG in the future.

Speaking last year, he told Canal Plus: “I imagine myself wearing the red and blue of PSG? If I said no, I’d be lying, but if you’re asking, is it one of my objectives? Not at all.”

Recent reports claim that one Liverpool player is ready to leave the club. Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher wishes to move on and become first-choice elsewhere after largely playing understudy to Alisson Becker.

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