Liverpool Reportedly Reach ‘Agreement In Principle’ For Naby Keïta

Liverpool Reportedly Reach ‘Agreement In Principle’ For Naby Keïta
Jul 1, 2017

Liverpool News Transfer Rumours

Liverpool have reached an ‘agreement in principle’ over Naby Keita’s contract, according to ESPN & Times writer Gabriele Marcotti. According to reports, the player’s salary and length of contract had been agreed on Friday, however, a transfer fee is yet to be agreed with RB Leipzig for the player.

This coincided with the Reds being reported as willing to meet RB Leipzig’s £70m valuation of midfielder Naby Keita, a deal would smash a club record fee, which was previously set by Andy Carroll, who’s £35m transfer from Newcastle still heads Liverpool’s business until Mohamed Salah’s add-ons are paid.

Leipzig have insisted on several occasions that the Guinean will not be sold this summer after the German outfit qualified for next season’s Champions League.

Even if the midfielder does have a £48m release clause what can be triggered next summer, the German club are still asking for a fee in the region of £70m. Keïta enjoyed one of his finest seasons to date – scoring eight goals in 31 appearances as well as seven assists.

German pundits had likened him to Chelsea’s midfield maestro N’Golo Kanté, and Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is reportedly a huge admirer of the Guinean international.

It’s no secret that the Reds are on the hunt for a central midfielder this summer – and despite Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also being touted for a move to Anfield, James Pearce, journalist of the Liverpool Echo, stated that he was not a replacement for Keïta. In other words, Klopp is looking to sign both Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keïta.

A £70m offer could crack Leipzig’s resistance over the player’s stance; and should he sign this summer, he will become Liverpool’s most expensive player for a club record fee.

 

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