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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

The reputation of Liverpool's owners has taken a big hit in recent days amid their involvement in the aborted European Super League project, but it looks like they are set to get back on track by landing their chief transfer target.

After the Sunday World exclusively broke the story in mid-March revealing RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konaté was at the top of Liverpool's wanted list, reports have emerged suggesting the Anfield club are close to agreeing a deal.

Our story confirmed the release clause in Konaté's contract of £34million would fit into the Liverpool transfer budget for this summer and now reporter Fabrizio Romano has confirmed a deal between the two clubs over a five-year deal is about to be finalised.

We revealed in our exclusive story that Liverpool are keen to make two central defensive signings in this summer's transfer window, after a season that saw Jurgen Klopp's side suffer a defensive crisis following long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

Player sales are expected to be part of the plan to generate funds for new arrivals at Liverpool, with Matip among those expected to be made available for transfer.

It remains to be seen whether news of Konaté's arrival will have an impact on Ozan Kabak's future at Liverpool, with the Turkish defender making a positive impact since his loan move from Schalke in January.

While Liverpool's finances will be impacted by the aborted Super League plan, the club's owners in the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) are said to be keen to make some statement signings this summer in a bid to win back the support of the fans in a week when several high profile voices have called for them to sell the club.

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Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig. (Photo by Ahmad Mora/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig. (Photo by Ahmad Mora/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig. (Photo by Ahmad Mora/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

The signing of Konaté would be a positive start to FSG's hopes of reviving their battered image, with recent investment in the organisation from investors that include basketball star LeBron James last month bolstering their financial position.

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