Ever since reliable reports in January emerged casting Ibrahima Konaté as Liverpool’s top defensive target for the summer window, it’s been impossible to ignore the transfer chatter surrounding the talented 21-year-old RB Leipzig and France centre half.

When further reports emerged during the last international break claiming talks were at an advanced stage and the player had undergone a partial medical, it appeared a question of when and not if a deal would get done. But all of that talk might be premature.