Liverpool could be set to announce a transfer with “terms agreed” – days after owners FSG took a beating from the European Super League.
The Reds saw their own players, manager Jurgen Klopp, fans and pundits speak out against their involvement in the 12-team breakaway league.
Owner John W Henry had to issue an apology to fans, saying: “I know the entire LFC team has the expertise, leadership and passion necessary to rebuild trust and help us move forward.”
And transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has reported that Liverpool have already taken steps to move on from the saga.
The Reds have “agreed” personal terms for RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate, who has emerged as a target amid the club’s injury crisis this season.
Having spent the last four seasons with the German side, his €35m [£30m] release clause has been activated by Klopp’s side.
And the report states that deal is “set to be completed” for the 21-year-old Frenchman.
Konate has struggled for consistent form this season, enduring a torn muscle and an ankle injury to make just 18 appearances in all competitions.
But Liverpool accelerated their efforts to sign the centre-back over the last couple of weeks, contacting Leipzig earlier this month.
While they have already put Konate, who has been injured for nearly 400 days throughout his career, through a medical – which was reportedly passed.
Despite his poor injury record, the Frenchman has been part of a backline that has only conceded 11 goals in his 12 Bundesliga appearances.
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And he played a role in defence that put the German side into the Champions League round-of-16 – but missed the knockout stage defeat to the Anfield side.
Liverpool have already had dealings with Leipzig, having purchased midfielder Naby Keita from the German side in 2018.
The Reds’ move for the defender comes as Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have sat out most of the season with injury.
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