Bild have claimed that with Liverpool willing to meet Leipzig’s asking price of £70m, Sadio Mané could be key in bringing the midfielder to Merseyside. 

German publication Bild have claimed* that while no official contact has yet been made between the two clubs over the potential transfer of Naby Keïta, Liverpool will meet RB Leipzig’s “threshold” asking amount of €80m, or £70.1m as of today’s exchange rate.

The sports site claim that Jürgen Klopp “absolutely” wants a deal for the midfielder done this summer and is ready to put whatever the “required sum on the table,” in order to break down the German club’s resolve.

Interestingly, Bild back claims from yesterday’s reports that one potentially big figure in the transfer could be current Liverpool winger, Sadio Mané.

The Senegalese is said to be close friends with the Leipzig midfielder and as well as sharing the “same consultant” – both are represented by Arena 11 Sports Group – Bild claim they were also recently “on vacation together.”

 

With all sorts of reports flying around claiming negotiations have reached different stages in recent days, it looks as if it could be a while before we receive any concrete information on how this deal is progressing.

However, with numerous sources claiming a bid for the Guinean is imminent and that personal terms have already been agreed, this may just be one of those deals that gets announced out of the blue.

Personally, whatever happens in the negotiations process is irrelevant to me. As long as we see Naby Keïta bulldozing into tackles, dribbling through crowds of players and threading inch-perfect through balls in Liverpool red come September, I’ll be a happy man.

*Bild article translated from the original text in German using Google Translate, for this reason, quotes may not be exact.

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