Liverpool have confirmed their agreement with RB Leipzig to sign Naby Keita, with the midfielder to join on a five-year deal next summer.
The Reds won the race for the Guinea international by offering Leipzig a premium on top of his £48 million release clause, which becomes active in 2018.
Keita will now join Jurgen Klopp‘s side on July 1, after spending the rest of the 2017/18 campaign with Leipzig.
After undergoing a medical in Wilmslow on Monday, Keita put pen to paper on a five-year deal with the club, which will keep him on Merseyside until at least 2023.
Taking to Twitter on the announcement of Keita’s transfer, Liverpool CEO Peter Moore hailed the midfielder’s decision.
“On behalf of all of us at Liverpool, we welcome Naby Keita to the family,” he wrote.
“Have a great year at Leipzig and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!”
And speaking to LiverpoolFC.com after finalising his switch, the Conakry native said he was “delighted” to be joining Klopp’s squad.
“I am delighted that an agreement has been reached which will allow me to join Liverpool next summer, when I will become part of a project that excites me greatly,” he said.
“My commitment to RBL remains absolute for the remainder of my time at the club.
“I have given my all every time I have worn the shirt—that will be the case until the final whistle, in my final appearance.
“Having my future resolved means I can now focus on helping RBL achieve great things this season.
“Until I join my new club, next summer, I will remain an interested supporter from a distance.”