Liverpool have agreed terms with Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius, according to Kicker.
Reports from Germany claim that Karius has a £7.9m release clause in his contract, and is now “almost certain” to leave the Bundesliga side after largely settling on terms with the Reds.
Kicker understands that the 22-year-old will become our number-one goalkeeper, with Jurgen Klopp ready to demote Simon Mignolet to the bench after an inconsistent season in the Premier League.
Mignolet’s indifferent form has seen us linked with a series of Bundesliga stoppers. Timo Horn has been roundly touted as a target and has admitted that he could leave Cologne, as The Mirror reports.
But Kicker reckons that Karius has jumped to the top of Klopp’s shortlist and that we are now closing in on the signature of a goalkeeper who spent two years in Manchester City’s academy.
Karius is young and has much to learn, but has bags of potential. He is known as an excellent shot stopper and distributor and is very quick off his line. His weakness is arguably collecting crosses.
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