Liverpool are hoping to bring forward the Guinea international’s move to Anfield and have been encourages after RB Leipzig recently softened their stance, according to Bild.
How unfortunate is that for Schalke!?
Liverpool-bound Naby Keita puts RB Leipzig 1-0 ahead at the break with a long distance strike… but it takes a massive deflection on its way in.
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The report from Germany claims that the Bundesliga side’s attitude has changed and they are open to letting the 22-year-old leave now, but only if they receive an additional sum between £13m and £17.5m.
If Liverpool pay the upper end of that levy, it would make Keita the second most expensive midfielder ever signed by a Premier League club behind only Manchester United’s deal for Paul Pogba.
The box-to-box midfielder has already agreed a £48million move to Liverpool with a clause which states the player won’t be registered until the end of the current season.
He is effectively on loan at Leipzig, with the Reds now attempting to bring forward the deal following Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona.
Leipzig are already out of the Champions League and the midfielder would be ineligible to play in Europe were he to move to Liverpool in January.
However, Jurgen Klopp is keen to get the Guinean into his squad as soon as possible so he can adapt to the Reds’ style of play, and believes he would be a huge asset in the Premier League in the wake of Coutinho’s departure.