Liverpool will be in contact with RB Leipzig this week as Jürgen Klopp looks for the Reds to bring their interest in the midfielder “to a head.”
Although Klopp wanted his transfer business, or at least the bulk of it, done by the beginning of pre-season, the German still has a considerable amount of negotiating to do before he can tell John W. Henry that he can put his wallet away.
According to Paul Joyce, Liverpool want to continue their spending with the signing of RB Leipzig dynamo Naby Keïta. After signing Salah for £36.9m, Liverpool kicked off their transfer window in style.
The Times journalist reports that with Klopp returning to Melwood this week for “the resumption of pre-season”, the German manager is looking to get a deal for Naby Keïta closer to being completed.
So far, Liverpool have offered the Guinean midfielder £130,000 a week and he is keen to move to Merseyside.
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RB Leipzig have maintained that Keïta is not for sale although it is thought that a considerable offer, in the region of £70m, could sway the Bundesliga runners-up.
Joyce writes, “Liverpool know there is little point in proposing a figure that will be instantly turned down and, aware a £70 million valuation has been mooted for Keïta, are likely to make a structured pitch, inclusive of add-ons, around that threshold.”
Keïta is due to meet with “Leipzig’s management board, including chairman Oliver Mintzlaff” to discuss his future at the club. Following this meeting, it will be clearer to Liverpool where they stand in their pursuit of the Guinean.
Regardless of what fee Liverpool pay and how the payment might be structured, it’s blatantly clear that any deal for Keïta would smash the newly set record by Mohamed Salah.
Keïta is a player with talent in abundance and would go a long way to raising the quality within Liverpool’s squad. By extension, competition will also increase as Keïta will directly compete with several players within the squad for a place in the starting XI.
The versatility that Keïta offers might be what is so appealing to Klopp as the German enjoys players who offer more than one option with Roberto Firmino a prime example of this.
The coming days will reveal much about Liverpool’s pursuit of Keïta and could have huge ramifications for the 2017/18 season.