Liverpool make key breakthrough as they look to close in on £22m-rated World Cup finalist

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been busy strengthening his squad this summer, and Croatia star Domagoj Vida could reportedly be the next addition.

The Reds are arguably rapidly becoming genuine contenders ahead of the new season, having significantly bolstered the spine of the squad with the arrivals of Alisson, Naby Keita and Fabinho.

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Combine those new faces with the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, and it could be argued that the Merseyside giants are primed to build on their success last season which saw them secure a top-four Premier League finish and reach the Champions League final.

While they seem to have shored things up at the back after being previously heavily criticised by all quarters over their porous backline, they are reportedly eyeing further reinforcements in that department.

According to The Sun, via Turkish site A Spor, they have reached an agreement on personal terms for Vida, but Besiktas and their £22m valuation of the experienced centre-half is now reportedly what stands in the way of the Croatian international arriving at Anfield.

The 29-year-old was a fundamental figure for Croatia this summer, playing a key role in the heart of their defence alongside Liverpool ace Dejan Lovren as they reached the final in Russia only to suffer defeat to France.

Nevertheless, as a possible back-up option and quality competition for places for Van Dijk and Lovren, he could be a sensible addition for Liverpool as they look to build a squad capable of competing on various fronts next season and beyond.

Vida’s no-nonsense style of defending could also suit the Premier League in particular, as his physicality and aerial strength could see him tick the right boxes for Klopp if a deal can be done.

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