Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.
According to Football Insider, the Premier League club are set to trigger the defender’s £30.5 million release clause, and they will offer him a deal worth around £70,000 a week.
The total cost of the transfer is likely to be around £49m, and the Reds will hope that the 21-year-old can adapt to English football quickly and make an immediate impact.
It is unsurprising that Liverpool are spending a large chunk of their transfer budget on a central defender, given their injury crisis this past season.
The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are all coming back from long term injuries, and there are no guarantees that they will be able to hit top form instantly.
Jurgen Klopp will have to prepare his side for all contingencies, and Konate’s addition to the squad is a wise move.
The Reds may look to sign another centre back, although it appears they will not make Ozan Kabak’s move permanent this summer.
The young defender has been on loan since January, and the Reds have an option to sign him permanently this summer.
The Schalke defender has done reasonably well during his loan spell at Anfield.