According to the BBC’s Phil McNulty, Liverpool are willing to pay a club record fee to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keïta this summer.
Although Naby Keïta will be available next summer for £48 million due to a release clause in his contract, Liverpool are prepared to smash their transfer record to sign him this summer.
Phil McNulty of the BBC reports that Liverpool are willing to meet the midfielder’s reported £70 million price tag.
RB Leipzig maintain that they won’t sell Keïta or any of their key players this summer as they aim to build on the success of last season.
Liverpool are yet to submit a bid for Keïta but are fully prepared to pay whatever it takes to land their man. The Guinean midfielder scored eight and assisted eight goals last season and was a vital cog in the Leipzig machine which finished second in the Bundesliga.
Jürgen Klopp plans on playing Philippe Coutinho in midfield next season and could make use of the Brazilian alongside captain Jordan Henderson as a no.8. On the other side of the skipper, Keïta would be likely to adopt the role that Wijnaldum fulfilled with his energy and balanced game perfect for the role.
Of course, as McNulty points out, “It also remains to be seen whether Keïta himself is attracted by a move to the Premier League.”
Liverpool are looking to return to the bracket of elite football teams. Mohamed Salah signed from AS Roma last week for a club record fee of £36.9m and signalled a change from buying in quantity to buying only quality.
It’s a change which is strange but exciting for Liverpool supporters and adding Naby Keïta to the shopping cart would fit in line with this method of thinking.
Having said that, top class players are expensive and clubs are reluctant to part with them as Leipzig evidence. It remains to be seen if Liverpool can get the requisite deals over the line or if Salah will be the club’s best signing of the window.