Should Liverpool wish to land Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig this summer then it could well involve a heavier outlay than first thought.

The 21-year-old Frenchman has been heavily linked with the Reds, with boss Jurgen Klopp keen to add to his defensive options this summer to avoid the same kind of problems that have dogged them during this topsy-turvy campaign.

To sign Konate, Liverpool know what they have to do. There is a release clause of around £34m in place and with the Bundesliga in no rush to sell or be drawn into a haggle, Liverpool will have to pay up.

In many cases, Premier League transfers involving large sums are spread over a period of time, as in the more recent case of Diogo Jota's move from Wolverhampton Wanderers. There are occasions, however, where the selling club will demand that fee upfront.

The Times report that Leipzig are expecting a full settlement of the transfer fee upon Konate's departure, the chance to spread the cost over a number of seasons seemingly off the table owing to a clause in the defender's contract.

Under Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool have triggered release clauses before, most notably to sign Christian Benteke from Aston Villa in 2015 in a deal worth £32.5m, that was spread over a period of time.

Spreading the cost, especially during the financial uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, allows clubs to continue to work in the market and look at meeting those costs when finances start to return to something like normal levels in the coming seasons. To pay the sum all in one go this summer could well have a knock-on effect on what else Klopp and Michael Edwards are able to do in the market.

But while the up front cost might seem prohibitive from the outset, it isn't totally against the norm.

Renowned sports lawyer Daniel Geey commented on Twitter: " (It's) not that unusual for release clauses to contain obligations for the transfer fee to be paid all upfront.

"Some though usually involve one or two equal instalments within, say, a 12-month period."

If that were the case, where Liverpool could split that between two payments within 12 months, then the cost would cross over two financial years and at least allow for slightly less of a hit.

But even if that cost was paid up front, in the club accounts it would be reflected through amortisation cost across the length of the player's contract, so, if the contract for Konate was five years, would show a £6.8m amortisation charge for each year of his Anfield deal.

Liverpool have yet to release their accounts for the year ending May 2020, one of the last clubs to show their hand, and are expected to show a drop in operating revenue in excess of £40m, according to KPMG, who have served as the club's account auditors in recent seasons.

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But while the RedBird Capital Partners investment of some £534m ($750m) into FSG isn't there to be drawn down on to pay for transfer business, it is there to aid the plans to press ahead with other avenues of infrastructure that require capital, such as the redevelopment of the Anfield Road end.

The knock on effect from that is that it allows FSG more flexibility in the midst of a pandemic and provides them with the financial capital to approach their transfer business this summer in a normal fashion.

It's worth noting that a 'normal' FSG transfer window often involves outlay that is heavily offset by money recouped from player sales. And in a market that isn't likely to be quite as buoyant this summer it remains to be seen whether the outgoings will allow for FSG to spend in the way that many fans would like to see them do.

Another consideration for FSG will be whether or not they are paying considerably more than the market value for Konate, a player with an injury record that would cause some concern, or whether it will represent more shrewd business on behalf of Edwards.

History has shown how adept Edwards has been at getting the best out of the transfer market and should a deal for Konate press ahead it is highly unlikely it is one that is laden with huge risk. That never has been the FSG way.