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RB Leipzig’s transfer deadline day move for Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konaté

There was once only one destination for top Bundesliga talent. Bayern Munich has made a habit of snatching up everything good that comes out of the Bundesliga, and they have 10 consecutive titles to show for it. The departure of Erling Haaland to Manchester City this summer, however, was the clearest indication that the winds have shifted. While Haaland made headlines, the shift has been building for several years. The Premier League, in particular, is becoming a Super League in its own right, and teams in the German food chain below Bayern Munich now know they can usually get a better deal there. Moreover, the Bavarians will not automatically win the wage race: Despite the fact that Ibrahima Konaté’s transfer fee was set by a release clause, Liverpool was able to lure him away from the Bundesliga. The season is still in its early stages, but Bayern Munich remain overwhelming favorites to win the Bundesliga for the 11th consecutive season. However, they have had a shaky start — their worst in 12 years. With Haaland in the mix, three consecutive draws could have been three consecutive wins. Liverpool can unlock Darwin Núñez via unlikely partnership as Jürgen Klopp may unleash £97m duo : As Jürgen Klopp faces a welcome dilemma, Kostas Tsimikas produced his Liverpool “hallmark.” If Bayern aren’t getting everything their way, it can only be good for the German game, regardless of what it says about the state of the sport as a whole. And Liverpool must capitalize on their own dominance in the European transfer market by outbidding Julian Nagelsmann for a key target. In the grand scheme of things, Jürgen Klopp has not returned to the Bundesliga for signings very often. According to Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool were’really interested’ in one player late in the summer transfer window. The destination should come as no surprise: RB Leipzig, where Konaté and Naby Keta were previously plucked. A move for Konrad Laimer proved ‘impossible,’ with Leipzig unwilling to sanction a sale so close to the end of the season. This hints at another reason for Bayern Munich’s struggles: the energy-drink-backed behemoth is now up there with the best clubs in the country, and has the financial clout to compete with even English clubs. It’s not easy to raid them for talent. RB Leipzig, on the other hand, has not had it all their own way. Laimer is now in the final year of his contract and could potentially leave on a free transfer. Foreign clubs, including Liverpool, will be able to negotiate with him as early as January. This puts Bayern Munich at an even greater disadvantage. Nagelsmann is said to be a big fan of Laimer, with whom he worked at RB Leipzig, but Liverpool will have a long window to sign him before the German champions even consider it. The late hour at which Liverpool approached Leipzig this summer reveals where Laimer ranks on the club’s priority list. He was an afterthought, not a top priority. However, the interest was genuine, and the deal would be even more appealing on a free transfer. Laimer is a true pressing monster, averaging 33 pressures per 90 minutes, putting him in the top percentile of midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues. A high tackles ranking highlights his work as a disruptor. He is also a significant goal and assist threat, and he moves the ball effectively, primarily through his nimble dribbling. Of course, it is widely assumed that Liverpool will make a move for Jude Bellingham next season. Laimer, 25, has a similar profile, so if Klopp can sign the Borussia Dortmund player, he may decide to abandon his plans to return to Leipzig. But equally, the centre of the park at Anfield appears to require more than one new face: FSG could end up getting the perfect midfielder and his perfect understudy in one ruthless Bundesliga sweep. This would be disastrous for Bayern Munich. The trickle of talent out of the division means they need to be smarter in their recruitment — the flat-track transfer bully model is failing. Haaland was the clearest warning sign, but Liverpool could soon add to his woes.

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