Liverpool are on the cusp of landing one of their top transfer targets of the summer after agreeing an £8 million fee for Sporting defender Tiago Ilori, according to Darren Lewis of the Mirror.
Liverpool sign defender Tiago Ilori for £8m from Sporting. Player travelling to England now for a medical. More @ http://t.co/DxBZJPPkSL— Darren Lewis (@MirrorDarren) August 30, 2013
SkySports echoes this claim:
The 20-year-old is believed to be on his way to Anfield along with his father to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical.
Lewis adds further details in his article, revealing the player should be a confirmed Red by the end of the weekend:
The 20-year-old centre-back is travelling to England with his father Kola for a medical and to discuss personal terms. But it is expected the deal will be announced this weekend.
The deal between the two clubs was concluded at 3 a.m. on Friday morning with the player rejecting an offer from Monaco and interest from Valencia.
Following Jamie Carragher’s decision to retire at the end of last season, Brendan Rodgers has been targeting a new centre-back all summer.
Rodgers landed Kolo Toure, who has impressed in the opening games of the season, but the Liverpool boss has always retained a desire to add a further name to his defensive options.
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Ilori is one of three players to have been linked to the Reds all summer, along with PSG’s Mamadou Sakho and Schalke’s Kyriakos Papadopoulos.
After two bouts of negotiations with Sporting, Liverpool have finally earned the right to confirm personal terms with Ilori, who is only 20 years of age.
Standing at 6'3", the Portugal Under-20 international is the kind of towering presence Liverpool have been looking for. While he is yet to completely grow into his frame, the youngster is extremely comfortable with the ball at his feet.
Should he complete the medical, Ilori will sign a four-year deal and has been promised regular first-team football, according to Lewis.
The news will boost an injury-hit Liverpool defence, which is currently missing Toure and Sebastian Coates. Martin Skrtel will fill Toure's void against Manchester United this weekend.