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transfer swoop Liverpool close in on their chief transfer target as they look to make a transfer statement

Sunday World revealed on March 14th that Konaté was Liverpool's No.1 transfer priority

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Manchester United's Mason Greenwood in action with RB Leipzig's Ibrahima Konate. Photo: Annegret Hilse/Pool via Reuters

Manchester United's Mason Greenwood in action with RB Leipzig's Ibrahima Konate. Photo: Annegret Hilse/Pool via Reuters

Manchester United's Mason Greenwood in action with RB Leipzig's Ibrahima Konate. Photo: Annegret Hilse/Pool via Reuters

Liverpool are rumoured to be closing in on a deal to sign RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konaté, as reported by the Sunday World in the middle of March.

Liverpool's summer transfer plans are already at an advanced stage, with Anfield chiefs looking to bolster a defensive roster that has been decimated by injuries over the course of this season.

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have missed most of the campaign due to long-term injuries, with manager Jurgen Klopp keen to shake-up his defensive options ahead of next season.

The Sunday World revealed last weekend that Liverpool are planning to sign at least TWO defenders this summer, with a report on The Athletic now suggesting the Anfield club are in talks over a move for Konaté.

The 21-year-old Frenchman looks certain to leave RB Leipzig this summer, with a host of top European clubs being linked with a move for one of the most highly rated young players in the game.

We revealed earlier this month that Konaté was top of Klopp's wanted list (below), with the deal to take him to Merseyside now believe to be edging closer.

Liverpool chiefs have assured Klopp that he will be given the funds to invest in the transfer market this summer, after a cautious approach in the January transfer window left him frustrated as he looked to make signings.

Now it seems Liverpool are determined to beat their rivals to Konaté by wrapping up a deal early, with the £34million asking price fitting into the slimmed down budget the Klopp and the club's transfer committee are working with.

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