Liverpool are set for a make or break week in their pursuit of Guinean midfielder Naby Keïta reports James Pearce of the ECHO.
The Guinean is said by multiple resources to be so keen on a move to work under Klopp that personal terms have already been agreed; with a 5 year, £130,000 a week deal commonly being referenced.
A price tag of £70m has been previously mooted and Liverpool hope to submit a serious offer this week, smashing their previous transfer record of £36.9m paid for Mohamed Salah just weeks ago, in order to test the resolve of the German club. Leipzig are still said to be very much holding firm on their stance that the impressive 22-year old is not for sale.
However, if reports are correct and Keïta is indeed set for crunch contract talks this week, the Guinean could soften their stance by personally requesting a move away from Germany.
Keïta is under contract until 2020 and has a £48m release clause in his current deal that will kick in during the summer of 2018 but Klopp is said to be desperate to land his signature now. The German likely hopes it’ll help the club avoid the mass of competition for his services that will inevitably be present when the clause activates.
If the Reds do manage to acquire the services of Keïta, solidifying their midfield ranks in the process, then Klopp will surely next turn his attentions to the defensive issues that still unbelievably plague the Reds. Could a bold, official move for Virgil van Dijk be next?