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Report: Liverpool include Caglar Soyuncu on five-man defensive shortlist

Liverpool are interested in Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu, according to reports. He is part of a five-man centre-back wishlist this summer.

This comes from The Mirror. They claim that Soyuncu, who is an international teammate of Ozan Kabak, has seriously impressed Reds sporting director, Michael Edwards.

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The Mirror also adds that a permanent move for Kabak, who is currently at Anfield on a loan-to-buy option from Schalke, remains an option.

This follows reports from The Athletic which suggest that Liverpool are currently working on a deal to bring another centre-back to the home of the English champions.

Talks between Liverpool and RB Leipzig for Ibrahima Konaté have reportedly reached an advanced stage. The towering Frenchman, too, has featured on The Mirror’s five-man defensive shortlist.

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Meanwhile, Ben White of Brighton and Duje Caleta-Car of Marseille have also been touted to be of interest to Liverpool.

However, the most surprising of the aforementioned names is undoubtedly Soyuncu of Leicester. The 32-time Turkey international is one of Brendan Rodgers’ most highly-rated players, after all, following his breakout season last term.

The former Liverpool manager described Soyuncu as ‘fantastic’, per Sky Sports, and waxed lyrical about the talents of the 24-year-old, who is ‘only going to get better’.

Soyuncu has clocked up eight consecutive Premier League appearances for Leicester since returning from a long-term muscle injury in February.

He is contracted at the King Power Stadium until 2023.

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Rodgers on transfers

Rodgers recently played down the likelihood of the Foxes sanctioning any player outgoings this summer.

“For this summer, as I sit here, I can’t see us losing anyone. But of course, I may have said that about Ben (Chilwell) and he’s gone,” he said

“But certainly we don’t plan to lose anyone. I think as well if there’s a summer where you maybe wouldn’t be looking to lose your players, it would be this summer.”

Liverpool will also have to put into consideration the distinct possibility of Leicester qualifying for the Champions League at Liverpool’s expense.

If Klopp and his team were to miss out at the end of the season, then Leicester would hold a significant advantage in potential negotiations.

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