Summer-long pursuit ends with a club record deal for next season
Liverpool have agreed a club record deal to sign Naby Keita – but he won’t move from RB Leipzig until next summer.
The Guinea midfielder underwent a medical today after the Reds reached an agreement with the Bundesliga outfit.
Leipzig weren’t prepared to sell Keita during the current window with Liverpool having a second bid of £66million rejected last month.
However, the Reds have secured his services from July 1 2018.Keita has a £48million release clause which comes into effect next summer and the ECHO understands that Liverpool have agreed to pay a premium on top of that amount in order to get a deal done now.
The previous biggest fee the Reds have shelled out for a player was the £36.9million they paid Roma for winger Mohamed Salah earlier this summer.
Keita was one of the stars of the Bundesliga last season after making the move from Leipzig’s sister club Red Bull Salzburg.