Liverpool ‘prepared to present offer’ for centre-back they tried to sign in 2018

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Liverpool are reportedly preparing a ‘substantial offer’ for Inter Milan central defender Stefan de Vrij. The Reds remain linked with centre-backs, despite the January arrivals of Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak.

The latter arrived on loan for the remainder of the season, with Jurgen Klopp believed to be keen on extending his stay beyond the end of the season.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez should hopefully be fit and available for the start of next season, while Nat Phillips has proved himself a capable deputy.

Despite that however, the champions continue to be touted as potential suitors for a number of defenders across the continent.

It is understood Ibrahima Konate is high on their radar, although reports of a fee being agreed were said to be premature.

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Months after Liverpool signed Van Dijk in January 2018, the Italian press claimed Klopp made a move for De Vrij as he looked for a move away from lazio.

They missed out on that deal however, with the Dutchman joining Inter later that year.

Since arriving at the San Siro, the 29-year-old has become an integral part of Antonio Conte’s title chasing squad, with the former Chelsea boss describing him as ‘priceless’.

However, Corriere dello Sport via Sport Witness now report that Liverpool, Manchester City and PSG are all prepared to present an offer to try and tempt the Nerazzurri.

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De Vrij still has two years remaining on his current deal and the report adds that talks are underway about agreeing to extended terms.

Inter are said to have made it clear that they intend to keep the defender and only a massive offer is set to change their stance.

Klopp will hope to be active in the summer window as they look to close the gap on champions-elect Manchester City.

The German was left frustrated in the January window, as the club adjusted to the financial constraints of the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, Liverpool owners FSG announced a £538million-partnership with Gerry Cardinale’s RedBird.

The deal saw the RedBird acquisition company take a 10 per cent ownership of FSG and should enable the club to act as normal in the market, despite the unusal financial climate.

“As far as I know – it gives us consistency in what we have done so far,” the Liverpool boss explained.

“It’s good news, because what we have all spoken about in the last year with clubs suffering as well without supporters in the stadium and these kinds of things.

“This gives us more security that it will go on like it did before.”

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