Insider claims Liverpool FC will sign 22-year-old before transfer deadline
Naby Keita could still sign for Liverpool FC in January rather than the summer, according to Ian McGarry
Liverpool FC will tie up a deal to bring Naby Keita to Anfield before the close of the January transfer window, according to transfer guru Ian McGarry.
The Reds have already completed a big-money deal to bring the 22-year-old to Merseyside at the end of the season after they agreed the transfer with RB Leipzig last year.
However, there have been reports suggesting that Keita’s move to Liverpool FC could be brought forward to his month following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.
That would be in contrast to a statement released by Leipzig earlier this month in which they insisted that the Guinea international would be staying until the end of the season at least.
However, Football operations and communications consultant McGarry has claimed that he is expecting to see Keita sign for the Reds before the end of the January transfer window.
Speaking to The Transfer Window podcast, McGarry said: “I still believe there will be an agreement to bring Naby Keita to Anfield before the end of this window.
“What they are arguing over is how much that is going to cost.
“This is becoming a very expensive transfer for Liverpool because the money they have agreed to pay already is in excess of £60m.
“However with the Coutinho money in the bank and Van Dijk in central defence, paying an extra €15m to €20m to get Keita for the second-half of the season as they push for the top-four and allow him to get used to the environment of Liverpool and his team-mates (would make sense).
“I wouldn’t say Liverpool’s transfer business is concluded just yet albeit it would be Keita they invest their money in bringing in early rather than a player outside that.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool FC are currently preparing for their Premier League trip to Swansea City in the top flight on Monday night.
A win for the Reds would boost their Champions League qualification hopes as they bid to finish in the top four for the second season running under Jurgen Klopp.