Liverpool are hoping to enter the final stages of completing the transfers of defenders Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori in the next 24 hours.
It is understood that fees have been agreed with Paris St-Germain and Sporting Lisbon, and the French international and Portuguese U20 international will arrive on Merseyside this weekend to complete their deals.
Earlier today new broke of an £8million deal being agreed between Liverpool and Lisbon for Ilori.
Liverpool have been on the look-out for a new centre-back since the decline in form of Martin Skrtel, which persuaded manager Brendan Rodgers to play veteran Jamie Carragher ahead of the Slovakian last season, and Kolo Toure this season following Carragher’s retirement.
The BBC report tonight:
Sakho, 23, who can play in central defence or on the left, has 14 France caps and is likely to cost £13m.
Ilori meanwhile, is just 20-years-old and will be seen as a hot prospect for the future. Rodgers will surely be hoping the experience of both Daniel Agger and Toure at Anfield will help develop both new potential signings.
Ben Smith of the BBC thought was quick to point out that the double arrival does not necessarily signal the end to Skrtel’s stay at the club, with the 28-year-old linked with a move to Napoli.
Hoped that Sakho and Ilori will arrive on Merseyside for medicals in the next 24hrs. Does not mean Skrtel is on the way, I'm told
— Ben Smith (@BSmith) August 30, 2013
French newspaper Le Parisian also carry the Sakho story this evening, suggesting the Reds will pay €19million for tall centre-back.
The departure of Mamadou Sakho is confirmed. The Tricolor international has fallen out of favour of French international coach Didier Deschamps after losing his place at PSG.
Sakho will be the second French signing of the summer, after the arrival of Aly Cissokho on-loan from Valencia.