Liverpool have been given a fresh boost in their pursuit of RB Leipzig Naby Keïta and can sign the midfielder this summer.. if they cough up £70m.
What is it about clubs and a £70m price tag?
The latest to join Virgil van Dijk in ‘club 70’ is RB Leipzig midfielder, Naby Keïta. Despite club CEO Oliver Mintzlaff previously intimating that the Guinean would not be for sale at any price this summer, BILD have published fresh reports that Ralf Rangnick – the club’s sporting director – will listen to offers of €80m (£70.4m) and that for that price, Keïta can leave the club if it is his wish.
This is a whole £20m more than the package the Reds had been said to be preparing to try and tempt Leipzig to let the midfielder go and while it’s technically a boost as the club are willing to sell, the price tag could in fact put a real spanner in the works.
At £50m, Keïta would comfortably have become Liverpool’s record signing, eclipsing the £36.9m just paid for Mohamed Salah but at £70m, he would become English football’s second most expensive signing ever behind Manchester United star Paul Pogba.
Shelling out this amount of money would also be a massive statement of intent from the club and their owners, especially if Virgil van Dijk follows Keïta through the door for another astronomical sum.
BILD do also report that Keïta would like to stay at the club for “at least another year,” but it’s likely if the Reds did meet Leipzig’s asking price, a conversation or two with Jürgen Klopp would be enough to change his mind.
The Guinean is high on Klopp’s list of targets after managing 8 goals and 8 assists in 31 Bundesliga appearances and playing a massive role in Leipzig’s impressive second-placed league finish and Champions League qualification.
Let us know down below, do you think Naby Keïta is worth £70m? Or should Liverpool look elsewhere?