Liverpool prepares to sign Ibrahima Konaté after Ozan Kabak deal

Liverpool appearance set to complete £35m move for RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konaté Jürgen Klopp and Ozan Kabak decide not to make a permanent transfer.

The France Under – The 22 returning international on Tuesday, 21, has been Liverpool's long-term goal and qualified for next season's Champions League. Klopp has been given the green light to deal. Club, €41m (£35.5m), payable in one go

As Liverpool are now poised to sign Konaté on a five-year contract, Kabak will return to Schalke after the loan deal expires. 21 – In January, Preston, along with Ben Davies, failed to make an appearance for Liverpool in the final four. months of the season – as bodyguards for injured centre-backs Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joël Matip. All three are expected to be eligible for the preseason, and after Nat Phillips' impressive form, Liverpool are looking to strengthen their defensive ranks at the end of a campaign that has highlighted the lack of squad depth.

The news will be a blow to Schalke, who has been relegated from the Bundesliga this season. They want to vacate Kabak and offer Liverpool £18m from the defender. Leipzig – seeking a replacement for Konaté – and Leicester have already been associated with a move for Turkey international.

20 – 19-year-old Liverpool joiner and season finisher Rhys Williams will be sent on loan to a Football League club as Phillips' regular partner after a successful spell at non-league Kidderminster early in his career.

Meanwhile, a player is leaving Anfield. Permanently – Gini Wijnaldum – her representative looks ready to sign for Barcelona after holding talks at the Camp Nou. The midfielder, who will leave Liverpool on a free transfer, is constantly linked to Barça and is on the verge of signing a three-year contract.

He will play his last game for Manchester City in the Champions League final on Saturday.

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