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Liverpool finalising deal for defender

Liverpool are finalising a deal to sign defender Ibrahima Konaté in the summer.

The Merseyside club are desperate to strengthen their defence after a season which has seen their title defence derailed by injuries to key men at the back like Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

They are reported to be at an advanced stage of negotiations with his club RB Leipzig and are ready to pay his £34 million release clause.

They came close to signing Konaté in the January window, but were priced out of the deal and ended-up securing the loan capture of Ozan Kabak from Schalke, and buying Ben Davies from Preston North End for a cut-price fee.

Konaté was born in Paris and began his professional career with Ligue 1 side Sochaux. He moved to the Bundesliga side in 2017 and has made 86 appearances for them in all competitions, scoring 4 times.

He has been capped 12 times at under21 level by France.

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