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Liverpool reportedly edge closer to another signing

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According to a report, Liverpool are moving early in the transfer window and have reportedly agreed terms with RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate.

If reports are to go by, Liverpool have agreed personal terms with Ibrahima Konate as they look to boost their defensive options. The RB Leipzig man is being viewed as the natural partner to Virgil van Dijk, with Jurgen Klopp needing to improve his backline after a disappointing season.

The Reds have seen their Premier League title defence collapse and are at serious risk of being knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid.

One of the main reasons for their problems this term has been the injury crisis in defence, which has seen van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip ruled out for the long term.

The Reds did seek to boost their options with the signings of Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak in January, but they still require better quality.

That search for a better-quality centre back has brought them to Leipzig, with Konate now their primary target after Dayot Upamecano sealed a move to Bayern Munich. We reported recently about the Reds closing in on a move with the highly-rated defender.

Anfield Central now report that the Reds have moved swiftly and agreed personal terms with Konate ahead of a summer transfer.

They claim that Liverpool have offered the Frenchman around £85,000 per week, which would be an estimated 150 per cent increase on his current wage at Leipzig.

While he is highly-rated, there are concerns about the 21-year-old’s injury history, with the defender having suffered muscle and ankle injuries this season.

He is also yet to become a regular starter under Julian Naglesmann, making only four starts in the Bundesliga this season, with his last coming in mid-December.

However, the Reds are inclined to feel that his potential to become one of the best defenders in Europe outweighs those injury risks.

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