Liverpool Football Club will sign Naby Keita from the runners up of The Bundesliga, RB Leipzig, for a club record fee of £48 million, the release clause in the Guinea internationals contract from next summer. On top of the £48 million, Liverpool will pay an undisclosed premium for getting the deal done early.
Liverpool have already had 2 bids rejected for the midfielder believed to be in the region of £66 million. This is the second time Jurgen Klopp’s side have broken the club record transfer fee after the arrival of Mo Salah from Roma for £36.9 million.
Despite not joining up with the squad this season, Keita is Klopp’s 4th summer addition after Andy Robertson, Dom Solanke and Mo Salah.
RB Leipzig apparently rejected a £75 million bid from Barcelona for Keita as the player was already undergoing a medical ahead of his move to Liverpool.
Naby Keita told Liverpool’s club website:
“I am delighted that an agreement has been reached which will allow me to join Liverpool Football Club next summer, when I will become part of a project that excites me greatly,” he said.
“My commitment to RBL remains absolute for the remainder of my time at the club. I have given my all every time I have worn the shirt – that will be the case until the final whistle, in my final appearance.
“Having my future resolved means I can now focus on helping RBL achieve great things this season. Until I join my new club, next summer, I will remain an interested supporter from a distance.”
The 22 year old scored 8 goals for the German outfit in his 31 appearances last season. He also chipped in with 7 assists for his team mates.
Liverpool fans will be hoping they can still make another few additions before the end of the transfer window. They have had initial bids for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar rejected, however Divock Origi is being used to persuade Monaco to change their ‘not for sale’ stance.
Liverpool are being regarded as serious title contenders this season, however their defensive frailties remain the same. They are still heavily linked with Southampton’s Dutch international Virgil van Dijk, despite ending their interest earlier in the window after The Saints threatened to report the Merseyside club over an alleged illegal approach, forcing the reds to issue a formal apology.