Liverpool have now stepped up their pursuit of RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, with Jurgen Klopp reportedly telling the board to sign the starlet whatever the price. Reports in the Daily Mirror suggest that Leipzig have stuck a £50million price tag on the talented youngster in the hope that it would discourage any potential bids.
However, it is believed that Klopp is willing to smash Liverpool’s previous record transfer fee of £38m in order to land the Guinea international.
Big summer spending
The transfer could kick-start a big summer of spending for the Reds, with Klopp not afraid to splash in excess of £150million in order to bolster his squad ahead of the Champions League next season.
Talks between the two camps have progressed well in the last few weeks, and the Anfield-based club are prepared to meet his wage demands – believed to be in excess of £120,000 a week.
Another factor that could swing in Liverpool’s favour is that the club maintain a good relationship with Keita’s agent, who also represents Sadio Mane, a player highly thought of by players and fans alike at the club.
Keita has proven he can break lines with his creative passing. While he completes less passes and a lower percentage of his passes than Henderson, Wijnaldum and Can, he makes more key passes than all three. So it’s easy to understand that RB Leipzig are keen to keep hold of the midfielder, it is thought that a bid around the £50m mark could be too good to turn down for the German side.
Could we actually sign him?
Last season we had a lot of targets and many feel the transfer window wasn’t as successful as many had hoped. Keita would be a difficult signing to make due as naturally there has been a lot of interest from several of Europe’s top clubs.
Still, if Klopp could lure the African star to Anfield, he would bring a bit of everything to the Liverpool midfield. We now have Champions League football to entice him! He’d be an amazing signing and for some considered a Marque signing. Him alongside Virgil van Dijk in our starting lineup would be a big step in the right direction!