Reports emerged late on Thursday that Liverpool were ready to test RB Leipzig’s resolve with a mammoth bid for midfield target Naby Keita.
The Reds have been strongly linked with the Bundesliga midfielder all summer long, with media speculation rife that the Jurgen Klopp had earmarked him as his No. 1 target.
Naturally, the German club had rebuffed all such rumours and insisted they weren’t ready to part with their man—but now the Reds are reportedly ready to put that stance to the test.
The Mirror claim, among others, that Liverpool are set to initiate talks to agree a fee for Keita, and are willing to smash their transfer record to land him.
Indeed, it wouldn’t be so much breaking the record as doubling it, with the Anfield club prepared to go to £70 million to get their man.
Like Liverpool, RB Leipzig are in the Champions League next season after a tremendous Bundesliga campaign, but the small squad they used to get there certainly needs a few additions.
Whether or not Liverpool’s enormous spending power convinces them to part with Keita remains to be seem, but if the reports are to be believed, the Reds aren’t messing about and will go all-in to give Klopp a major addition.
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