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Ibrahima Konate passes Liverpool medical, to sign five-year contract after U21 Euros - sources

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Laurens excited by Konate to Liverpool (0:53)

Julien Laurens says Ibrahima Konate has improved massively under Julian Nagelsmann at RB Leipzig ahead of his move to Liverpool. (0:53)

Liverpool have agreed to sign Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig on a five-year contract, sources have told ESPN.

The defender passed his medical a few weeks ago and will complete a move to Anfield once he returns from competing at the Under-21 European Championship with France this summer.

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Liverpool secured Champions League participation on the final day of the Premier League season which means they can now activate the €41.5 million release clause in the former Sochaux player's contract. The club will have to pay the release clause in one installment.

Konate, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Tuesday, was identified a long time ago when he was still in France by the Liverpool scouting department who then followed his progress.

Despite a hip injury which kept him out for a few months last season, the Parisian showed great potential.

He is tall and strong with great pace and has improved a lot with the ball and his tactical awareness while working with Julian Nagelsmann at Leipzig. Jurgen Klopp is a huge fan and wants him to partner Virgil van Dijk next season.

Liverpool experienced an injury crisis in defence last season with Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip missing a large part of the campaign.

Konate's arrival means that Ozan Kabak will not stay at the club, sources have told ESPN. Liverpool won't trigger the option to make his loan from Schalke permanent but he could join Leipzig to replace Konate and Dayot Upamecano who signed for Bayern Munich.

The future of Nathaniel Phillips, who is under contract until June 2023, will have to be decided but it is doubtful that he would want to pushed down the pecking order once Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip are back from injury and the Konate deal is completed.

Sources have also told ESPN that Liverpool are willing to listen to offers for Phillips this summer while Rhys Williams could leave on loan.