Liverpool are in the ‘final stages’ of signing RB Leipzig star Ibrahima Konate, according to Bild‘s head of football Christian Falk.
The Reds are looking to sign at least one new centre-back this summer, having suffered terrible misfortune in that area this season.
Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are all out for the rest of the campaign, with Nathaniel Phillips and Ozan Kabak an unlikely current pairing currently.
Konate has been the defender most heavily linked with joining Liverpool, with recent reports saying a deal looks likely in the summer.
Konate deal edges closer for Liverpool
“He doesn’t have seem to be that expensive after all. It’s quiet, so they’re really in the final stages of the transfer now; I heard they’re going through, and they’re just going through all the data again as he’s had a few injuries.
“The nice news is they’ve always talked about €40m plus, but he’s supposed to cost, according to our information, the transfer fee is €32.5m- €34m.
“That means in these times, every million that’s cheaper makes the transfer easier, of course.”
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He is winning an average of 1.8 aerial duels per game in the league this season, which suggests he could thrive in that area at Liverpool, with the Reds reportedly wanting an aerially-dominant player to come in.
Konate’s injury issues are the one possible stumbling block, however, but if Jurgen Klopp believes he is the right man, the boss has done enough to prove he is worth trusting.
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