Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is looking to bolster his defensive options at the club this summer following a season which has been marred by injury problems.
Absences of key players at the back have been integral to a disappointing campaign for Liverpool, who have conceded their Premier League title to Manchester City without so much as a whimper.
Dethroning Pep Guardiola's side again next season will be the prime objective, but the battle could be fiercer, with Manchester United and Chelsea both showing considerable improvements in the second half of the current campaign.
Liverpool's hunt for a new centre-back has seen RB Leipzig's Ibrahima Konate become the leading candidate to move to Anfield, with reports stating a deal is in the 'final stages' of completion.
However, there is some confusion around Konate because, according to SportBILD, Liverpool have told Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff they don't intend to pursue a deal for the Frenchman.
Whatever the stage of negotiations, Konate is not the only candidate on the cards for Liverpool and the situation at another European club could put another previous target back on the market.
Football Italia cites reports from the continent which state Juventus need to raise around €100million (£86.88m) in the transfer market this summer after announcing a loss of €113.7m in the first six months of the 2020/21 season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Juve will therefore be forced to sell players to break even and the likes of Alex Sandro, Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey, Federico Bernardeschi, Weston McKennie and Merih Demaral are said to be the six leading candidates for a departure from Turin.
It's the latter who could be of interest to Liverpool.
Back in January, Turkish outlet Fanatik attributed Liverpool with an interest in Demiral's services but the suggested price tag of £45m was a fee way beyond the reach of what Klopp's side would pay for his signature.
Liverpool ended up recruiting Schalke's Ozan Kabak and Preston's Ben Davies to cover for the injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, but they could return to Demiral this summer, given Juve's financial struggles.
Juventus are clearly strapped for cash and could be preparing for a fire-sale, meaning Demiral's price-tag could be lowered significantly.
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The 23-year-old Turkish international, who has made 23 appearances across all competitions for his club this season, is contracted to Juventus until the summer of 2024.
Konate reportedly has a release clause of around £34m at RB Leipzig, but the 21-year-old's youth and experience with France under-21s means he fits the bill for Klopp's side as they build for the future.
However, should Liverpool's deal break down, then Juventus' financial constraints could provide Liverpool with a strong negotiating position to sign Demiral instead.