Liverpool could face a decision between signing Ozan Kabak or Ibrahima Konate in the summer transfer window, according to a report.
Red manager Jurgen klopp would have made adding defense a priority after this season. Liverpool started the campaign with three senior center-backs following the exit of Dejan Lovren. However, the trio suffered long-term injuries, which led to the January deadline for Kabak and Ben Davies.
Kabak, who is on loan from Schalke with an option to buy £ 18million, has become a centerpiece of the squad.
The Turkey international has played seven times for the Anfield club, keeping three clean sheets. Indeed, he has performed well in the two 2-0 victories against RB Leipzig in the Champions League in the last 16.
But although Kabak presented week after week for Liverpool, he would remain as much of a target as players from other clubs.
Leipzig center-back Konate is one of those stars; Reports on Monday claimed Liverpool had entered ‘advanced’ talks to sign him, but new speculation has denied such claims.
However, Athletic Journalist James Pearce has claimed Liverpool will likely only make one ‘major’ defensive signing this summer.
Therefore, they might end up choosing between Kabak and Konate.
Even with Kabak currently playing for Klopp, the Reds would feel reluctant to make a decision on his future.
Liverpool are aware that they are currently ‘heavily dependent’ on the 21-year-old.
As such, they want him to feel ‘very motivated’ every time he plays and therefore want him to play for his future. This way the club leaders have the feeling that they will see the best of Kabak before making a decision.
However, Konate remains a firm target and may well join a £ 34.2million deal, in accordance with his Leipzig release clause.
Liverpool are working on a cheaper Kabak deal
Pearce adds that Liverpool could pass up their £ 18million option to buy Kabak in hopes of securing a cheaper offer.
Schalke faces imminent relegation, which will likely reduce the center-back’s fees.
However, if Kabak continues to impress under Klopp, many other clubs may well be tempted to take him on.
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