Liverpool are set to launch a huge offer to land Bundesliga sensation Naby Keita from RB Leipzig. Klopp has lead the initiative, stating that Liverpool must act now should they wish to land Keita, and that waiting 12 months for his release clause to activate could prove to be costly.
Furthermore, Liverpool are set to smash their transfer record by some distance should a deal materialise. Using a payment structure that will not leave them void of cash to acquire other targets, the fee would rise to £70m due to add-ons and bonuses. Liverpool are set to have talks with RB Leipzig in the hopes that they will change their stance on the player, as they have stated their reluctance to sell previously.
Player power will be the deciding factor in this transfer, with Keita set to have talks with the club, it’s understood that he has already expressed a desire to leave. The promise of increased wages will tempt him further, as a £130,000 a week offer is on the table. If Keita is able to convince the club to sell, then negotiations will begin as Leipzig will not want to have a player amongst the ranks who doesn’t want to be there. A common force nowadays, players can effectively hold the club to ransom until a deal is done.
A hint at the move was revealed today, as Keita was not photographed as a part of the new kit launch, which could suggest a move is very much on the cards. Furthermore, RB Leipzig are in pursuit of another midfielder, having already signed Laimer, they will look to cover the loss of Keita should he leave Germany this summer.
But where would Keita fit in at Liverpool? With Coutinho set to drop into a central role, his role is pretty much nailed on which leaves 2 spaces free. With Lallana, Wijnaldum, Emre Can, Henderson and now potentially Keita all contesting these roles, this should show sufficient depth within the squad to compete on all fronts.
As a midfielder, it’s understood Keita would prefer the number 8 jersey, previously held by Steven Gerrard. This would symbolise a true transition, as Keita at 22 years of age is highly rated as the next big box-to-box midfielder, and by donning this number he would be following in the footsteps of one of the best ever. Scoring 8 goals and 7 assist last season in the Bundesliga, Keita was a part of Leipzig team that defied all odds with their counter-attacking style. Should Keita sign, I have no doubts he would slot perfectly into Klopp’s Liverpool.