Thursday, 8 June 2017

Liverpool set to sign RB Leipzig midfielder

If Liverpool want to bring Red Bull Leipzig star Naby Keita to Anfield this summer, they will have to break their transfer record.

The Livepool Echo reports that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of the Guinea international midfielder, who impressed hugely in his debut season in the Bundesliga.

The 22-year-old scored eight times after moving from Red Bull Salzburg last summer, including a winner against Dortmund on his debut.

Keita is one of Klopp’s top targets as he looks to bolster his midfield options, but Leipzig are reluctant to sell and it would take an offer of around £50million to seriously test that resolve.

Keita has hinted that he could be ready to leave Leipzig after just one season in the Bundesliga.

Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff said: “We have decided that we will not sell any player from our starting line-up.

Keita has been on of the stars of the Bundesliga this season (Photo: REUTERS)

He scored eight goals from central midfield in his debut Bundesliga season (Photo: Bongarts/Getty)

“Ralf Rangnick (sporting director) told this to our team at the end of the season. We will keep our team together and keep on developing.”

Liverpool’s current transfer record is the £35million they spent buying Andy Carroll from Newcastle United in 2011.

However, it’s highly likely that will be broken this summer with Klopp keen on Keita and Virgil van Dijk, who would both cost in excess of that figure.

Van Dijk would command a fee of around £50million with the Southampton defender also being pursued by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.

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