Liverpool Agree A Club Record Deal to sign Red Bull Leipzig’s Naby Keita from 1st July 2018

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.

Terrific start to the season for the Red Devils

Manchester United couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Premier League season. Taking maximum points from their first three games, the Red Devils have scored 10 goals and not conceded. Sitting top of the league table, two points clear of rivals Liverpool heading into the international break will have delighted Jose Mourinho and fans alike.

Starting the season at Old Trafford against West Ham, many thought it would have been a tough fixture as the Hammers recruited very well in the summer. It was anything but though, with United taking full control of the game early on they ended up brushing aside their opponents as they ran out 4-0 winners. New singing Romelu Lukaku got his name on the team sheet as he grabbed a brace for United and Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba chipped in with the other two goals to ensure the Red Devils started with maximum points.

Just a week later United made the trip to Swansea, and it was the same outcome as the Red Devils made it back to back 4-0 victories. Despite Swansea showing some resilience in the first half, Eric Bailly broke the deadlock right on the stroke of half time as he bundled home from a corner, before the trio who scored the weekend previously all grabbed a goal a piece to ensure it was maximum points again.

Heading into last weekends game at home to Leicester City most United fans were confident after the successful start to the season. Despite having the majority of chances including a penalty kick which saw Kasper Schmeichel pull off a terrific save from Romelu Lukaku, it took the Red Devils 70 minutes to break the deadlock. With Anthony Martial starting ahead of Marcus Rashford after his early season form, Rashford had to settle for coming off the bench and he took his opportunity as he grabbed the games opening goal as he beat Schmeichel instinctively, before other substitute Maraoune Fellaini grabbed the second United goal to wrap up another three points.

Heading into the International break and sat top of the league, everybody connected with the club will be delighted with the start and will be hoping that the club are in the mix come the end of the season to win the title.

Who’s been the stand out player so far for Manchester United? Will United be challenging for the title come May? Let us know in the comments section below…

Is Jonny Evans a good fit for Pep Guardiola?

In what I’m sure for some fans is one of the most bizarre transfer rumours of the summer, former Manchester United centre back Jonny Evans is being linked with a 30 million pound move to Manchester City from West Brom.

This may be seen as a strange move from Pep Guardiola who must be desperate to add some silverware this season.

The centre back who is now 29 years of age has been a defensive rock for West Brom over the years and does count towards the home grown player quota having come through Manchester United’s academy, which will appeal towards Guardiola as maybe he can afford to lose Raheem Sterling in a swap deal as he chases Arsenals Alexis Sanchez?

Last season it could be seen that defensively City just weren’t at it with the loss of club captain Vincent Kompany for the majority of the season it was down to Otamendi and young 50 million pound centre back John Stones to protect the fragile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. So if something were to happen to Vincent Kompany again this season City would then at least have four centre backs to rely on should they sign Evans and Mangala stays at the club.

No room for youth?

With the impending arrival of a 29 year old centre back for 30 million pounds the question has to be asked why City need to pay all that money to hire a back up defender when young ball playing prodigy Tosin Adarabioyo is waiting for his chance to break into the first team squad. Having impressed during his pre season spells with the club and also during his Champions League debut against Celtic at the Etihad Stadium he must be wondering where his future lies with the Citizens when it seems Guardiola doesn’t trust him to play a part in the teams defence this season.

What will Evans bring to Manchester City?

Jonny Evans does have experience in playing for a top club as he has made 198 appearances for City’s neighbours Manchester United winning 3 Premier League titles in the process. Evans could become a utility player for Guardiola similar to the roll played by new signing Danilo although it amazes me that Danilo will cost less than Evans having won two Champions Leagues in a row for Real Madrid. It has to be said that at West Brom Evans has made a name for himself as a very reliable no thrills defender who can do a job with and without the ball. So should Man City sign the West Brom man they will no doubt be short of central defenders who can play with the ball.  The Northern Irish defender will not be short of offers though with the likes of Arsenal and Leicester City interested in him.

Should Evans choose Man City over these clubs he will no doubt be receiving a hefty wage increase with the guarantee of challenging for trophies under one of the best managers in world football which may be too good to turn down.

 

For me I would’ve liked to have seen youth given a chance but if City win a Champions League and Evans has played his part should he sign i doubt anyone will be complaining about it.

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