Liverpool have been forced to act swiftly following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and The Reds have decided to bring Naby Keita from RB Leipzig in January transfer window itself.
The news has been covered by the reliable German source Kickr who claim that Liverpool are adamant to bring Keita in January itself and not wait until the summer.
Liverpool signed Keita from Leipzig last summer for a reported fee of £57million which can rise up to £66million. Keita is contracted to join The Reds next season but the midfielder is keen to make a switch in January.
Keita’s representatives met with Leipzig earlier in the week and expressed player’s enthusiasm at the chance of playing for Liverpool in January.
Keita has been widely criticized by the German media this season owing to his advance contract with Liverpool and at times has been labeled as careless and irresponsible in his current campaign with Leipzig.
Keita wants those criticisms to end and has once again gone on bad terms with the Bundesliga club to secure a move to Liverpool, this time in January itself.
Leipzig for their part are holding on to their end and have claimed that they will not sell the player at any cost but some extra cash could change the mood for the Bundesliga club.
According to Kickr, Leipzig have demanded an extra £18million to let go off Keita as they want to sign a proper replacement for the Guinea International star.
Having sold Coutinho for £142m, Liverpool can afford to pay some extra cash to ensure they have mobility and quality in their midfield which has been vacated with Coutinho’s exit.
Liverpool are also tracking Thomas Lemar, Riyad Mahrez, and Alexis Sanchez to replace Coutinho which makes for an interesting next few weeks in terms of Naby Keita’s footballing future.