Liverpool to seal Konate transfer within 48 hours after paying release clause

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Liverpool will complete the signing of Ibrahima Konate in the next 48 hours.

The Reds have triggered the £36m release clause in his contract at RB Leipzig.

Konate has agreed personal terms and now only minor formalities are needed to be completed to finalise the deal.

The French centre-back will be their first major signing of the summer.

Kop boss Jurgen Klopp is keen to strengthen his defence after suffering a catastrophic injury crisis at centre-back this season.

Liverpool have pursued Konate, 22, as their priority in the position.

They had looked at a number of centre backs across Europe.

But they believe his youth and ability, as well as potential to improve, make him an ideal signing.

The deal means they won’t trigger the £18m clause to make Ozan Kabak's loan deal from Schalke permanent.

Kabak, 21, signed on loan in January from the Bundesliga club and hoped to stay on beyond this summer.

But Liverpool will make just one signing at centre-back this summer.

They expect Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all to be fit for the start of pre-season training in July.

Konate became a regular in the RB Leipzig side this season playing alongside Dayot Upamecano, who is moving to Bayern Munich this summer.

The defender will be part of France's Under-21 squad for the upcoming European Championships which start at the end of this month.
But first he will complete his move to Liverpool.

Konate’s deal is expected to be formally announced over the weekend or early next week.

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