According to reports in Germany, RB Leipzig will recruit central midfielder Konrad Laimer from sister club RB Salzburg.
The 20-year-old Austrian midfielder made 44 appearances during the 2016/17 season and will join RB Leipzig for next season, according to reports in Germany.
As per Kicker (Print), via RB Live, Laimer will sign a four-year deal with the Bundesliga club and will cost around €6-8 million due to an exit clause in the young midfielder’s contract.
With Liverpool’s interest in Naby Keita reported almost daily by various British media outlets, it’s not a stretch of the imagination that Konrad Laimer’s impending switch from Austria to Germany could make room for Naby Keita’s departure to Liverpool.
The likelier scenario is that Leipzig are reinforcing their squad ahead of a season in the Champions League.
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Last week, David Maddock of The Mirror indicated that Liverpool have entered into talks with Naby Keita’s advisors and that they are progressing well. The Reds are reportedly prepared to meet his salary demands of £125,000 a week.
Furthermore, Liverpool are prepared to break their transfer fee to sign him and will pay over £50 million in order to get him to Merseyside for the 2017/18 season.
Keita shares an agency with current Liverpool player Sadio Mané, who has spoken often about his appreciation towards the club for their willingness to meet his personal demands – a prayer room was added at Melwood while Mané also has his own personal chef.
Although there are reasons to suggest that Liverpool could pull off a deal for Keita, RB Leipzig insist they won’t sell any of their key players and the Guinean midfielder tops their list of star performers.
Oliver Mintzlaff, Leipzig’s chief executive insisted last week that the German club holds the bargaining power which could be a blow to any ambitions Liverpool have of signing Keita.
“We have decided that we will not sell any player from our starting line-up,“ he said.
“Ralf Rangnick [sporting director] told this to our team at the end of the season. We will keep our team together and keep on developing.”
With that in mind, Paul Joyce of The Times claimed last week that Liverpool can sway Leipzig’s mind with a mammoth bid of over £50 million. Such a bid would demolish Liverpool’s current transfer record fee of £35 million paid in 2011 to Newcastle United to sign Andy Carroll on Deadline Day.
Regardless of what the future holds for Liverpool and Naby Keita, it is clear that any future transfer won’t be completed anytime soon. Even so, it’s not quite time to panic yet as Liverpool’s first transfer last season was only completed on June 28th when Jöel Matip signed.