Liverpool have had a quietly impressive transfer season thus far, bringing in Mohamed Salah from AS Roma and Dominic Solanke from Chelsea.
However, it could be about to get a whole lot more exciting with the Merseysiders reportedly readying a club-record bid for RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita.
Paul Joyce, a highly-respected voice on all things Liverpool, now working with The Times, claims Jurgen Klopp and the board are set to “test the resolve” of the German side by finally putting in a firm offer. Joyce writes:
“During discussions, the German club have said that the Guinea midfielder will not be sold this summer, but Liverpool will seek to establish whether that position is final.”
The highly controversial and much-hated Leipzig team managed to secure Champions League qualification recently following initial concerns over UEFA rules on them and RB Salzburg both competing. With European football now guaranteed at the Red Bull Arena, Keita may well be happy to stay put.
Joyce also revealed the 22-year-old has a £48 million release clause in his contract but it can only be triggered this time next year and the board at Anfield are keen to capitalise on their own Champions League qualification.
Keita could be the rampaging, box-to-box midfielder Klopp needs to transform his inconsistent side into genuine title contenders but his £70 million evaluation does seem a bit steep. However, Liverpool are seemingly not put off by the price and remain determined to get their man.