Liverpool seem to have reached personal agreement with RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, according to ESPN football pundit Gabriele Marcotti. However, it is also reported that Liverpool do not have an agreement with the German outfit in order to sign the 22-year-old.
Keita has been on the wish-list of Liverpool for the last few months, as manager Jurgen Klopp has witnessed the midfielder go from strength to strength in a brilliant 2016-17 campaign. He came up with returns of 8 goals and 8 assists in 32 appearances last season, as RB Leipzig finished second in the Bundesliga – only behind Bayern Munich.
The 22-year-old has a contract with the German outfit until 2020, and they have just qualified for the Champions League. Yet, the Guinea international seems to have set his sights upon a move to the Premier league – specifically to Liverpool. The German outfit remain keen on holding onto the star asset, who is expected to cost around £70million (Mirror).
Liverpool so far, have had a brisk start to the summer transfer window, as the club have completed two signings in the form of Dominic Solanke and Mohamed Salah. One of the latest rumours has seen the club being linked with Monaco superstar Kylian Mbappe, who is expected to cost well over €100million. In such a transfer market, RB Leipzig are likely to demand an extravagant fee for Keita, who came to the club only last summer from RB Salzburg. The German outfit stand to make an enormous profit, but performances on the pitch seem to be their biggest concern.
The rise of TV money has given clubs the chance to open their wallets like never before, and our Merseyside rivals Everton have been one of the biggest spenders in this transfer window. The all-round nature of the 22-year old Keita will certainly be of appeal to Jurgen Klopp, but it remains to be seen if we are willing to break the club record again after having done so to sign Salah for £39million.