Liverpool FC agree club record deal to sign 22-year-old midfielder – report

Liverpool FC have agreed a deal to sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, with the midfielder set to arrive next summer, say reports

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Liverpool have agreed a club-record deal to sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, with the midfielder set to join the Reds next summer, according to reports in the British media.

BBC Sport is reporting that the Reds have agreed to pay the £48m release clause to bring the Guinea international to Anfield from the Bundesliga side next year.

The transfer was then officially confirmed by Liverpool on Tuesday morning, although the size of the fee was not disclosed.

Liverpool were heavily linked with a move to sign Keita throughout the summer and the report describes the 22-year-old as being one of Jurgen Klopp’s “primary” transfer targets.

The same report says that Liverpool had already had two bids for Keita rejected this summer but now a “compromise” deal has been reached.

That allows RB Leipzig to keep the player this season before he officially signs for Liverpool next summer, according to the same article.

Keita will officially become a Liverpool player on 1 July 2018.

Liverpool have been linked with a whole host of players this summer but have only concluded deals for Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson so far.

The Merseyside outfit have made a strong start to the new Premier League season, having won two and drawn one of their opening three games to leave them in second place in the table.

Liverpool return to action after the international break when they take on Manchester City at The Etihad on Saturday 9 September.

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