Next Liverpool signing after Konate is “no-brainer” with £30.5m deal close

Liverpool are reportedly set to announce the signing of RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate – but Reds fans still want to see the club complete a permanent deal for Ozan Kabak.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Premier League champions have agreed personal terms with Konate, who has a £30.5million release clause in his Leipzig contract.

Roman’s report suggests the deal is on the verge of completion, with Jurgen Klopp keen to bolster his backline following this season’s injury crisis at centre-back.

And the Liverpool faithful believe it is a “no brainer” to target a permanent deal for Kabak next.

The 21-year-old has spent the second half of the season on loan at Anfield from Schalke, racking up 12 appearances for Klopp’s men and impressing after a shaky start.

Liverpool have an £18million option-to-buy clause in his loan contract, and the club’s supporters have urged them to activate it at the end of the season on Twitter.

One wrote: “Kabak should be a no-brainer even with Konate on the way. He's barely put a foot wrong and would be a bargain for £18m."

Another put: “I genuinely hope we still permanently sign Ozan Kabak, regardless of the Konaté signing. He’s been brilliant and deserves it. Top talent. Learning under [Virgil] Van Dijk and Klopp would make him world class.”

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  • A third said: “Kabak needs to be signed permanently regardless of the Konate signing and outgoings, it’s as simple as that”.

    A fourth pointed out: “Kabak + Konate for less than what [Man] City paid for [John] Stones is just crazy. We can't miss out on Ozan”.

    While one quipped: “I hope we sign Konate and Kabak and win the quadruple”.

    A deal for Kabak could also be vital given Konate’s poor injury record, which will undoubtedly come as a concern to Liverpool.

    The Leipzig star has been injured for nearly 400 days throughout his career, however he has reportedly passed his Anfield medical.

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