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Report: Liverpool closing in Ibrahima Konate, fee lower than first thought

Liverpool are going to have to work decisively in the summer transfer window. The Reds have a rebuild to set into action after an injury crisis derailed the side’s title defence. The centre back role is the first position on the agenda. According to Christian Falk, Liverpool are in the final stages of signing Ibrahima Konate.

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Centre back priority

No Premier League side has ever experienced a positional crisis as bad as the one which Jürgen Klopp has faced up to this term.

The boss has lost his entire roster of senior centre backs until next season.

First Virgil van Dijk was ruled out in October when Jordan Pickford flew in at his knees.

Then Joe Gomez’s knee blew up in England training.

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Joel Matip fought on, in and out of the side until he too was ruled out in the January window.

Although Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies were brought in during the winter window we aren’t convinced the club has settled.

Liverpool closing on Ibrahima Konate

This summer could well see further additions and subtractions to the back line.

Liverpool are reportedly closing in on Ibrahima Konate.

Journalist Christian Falk has claimed that the Reds are now in the final stages of a deal.

He has said that the defender’s release clause is lower than first thought, in fact coming in at around £28m-£30m, telling BILD:

“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.”

What RTK has to say

Liverpool signing Ibrahima Konate would be a positive move ahead of next season.

The Frenchman coming in cheaper than first thought would be a huge help to the Reds’ plans.

Given that Michael Edwards and co have built a reputation for minding pennies we could do with this added discount.

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