Liverpool have agreed on a record breaking deal for Naby Keita of RB Leipzig according to reports from the BBC. The Guinea midfielder was one of our top targets for the summer but Leipzig were insistent that he was not for sale, however, we have clinched a deal, with the player joining us in 2018.
The report suggests that we will pay his release clause of £48million plus an undisclosed premium. Keita would be playing for us from 1 July 2018 and this seems to have closed one of our biggest and longest transfer sagas in a while.
The 22-year-old would become our most expensive signing and even though he will be playing for Leipzig this season, we have done well to sign one of the best Bundesliga talents with the future in mind.
The Germans finished second in the previous campaign and will be looking to run Bayern close this time around. It is because of these performances that the club was unrelenting in letting their other stars such as Emil Forsberg leave in the summer.
We had two enormous bids rejected for the 22-year-old player and it seems our constant prodding of Leipzig has worked a treat. Keita was excellent for the side and seems perfectly suitable to play in our midfield but there are concerns that his arrival would lead to the departures of some other players.
Hello Keita And Goodbye To Some Other Player?
With Keita coming into Anfield next season, the door is open not only for Philippe Coutinho to leave in the summer but also Emre Can leaving for free. The German has been linked with a move to Juventus and has just 12 months left on his current contract with us.
Can was one of the stars in the 4-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday and losing him for free next season will certainly hurt a lot.
The German might still end up being our player beyond 2018 but Klopp and his side will have to step it up and try to keep hold of the former Bayern Munich star.
There are also fears that Coutinho would be joining Barcelona and if that is true, we have to bring in another attacker player with Thomas Lemar being massively linked with us.
It seems FSG have woken up from the slumber and maybe our Champions League status is helping us clinch some big deals before the close of the transfer window.