Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Naby Keita for a club-record fee next summer.
The Reds courted Keita throughout this summer’s transfer window, but were unable to tempt RB Leipzig into parting with the midfielder.
The Bundesliga side wish to keep Keita as they head into their first ever season in the Champions League.
The midfielder has a release clause in his contract which becomes active next year however, and Liverpool are thought to have agreed to pay a ‘premium’ on top of that to guarantee his signing. Is the premium £270million? No.
With the release clause standing at £48m, the Reds will part with a club-record fee for Keita.
Paul Joyce of The Times, Melissa Reddy of Goal and sources from the Daily Mirror and the BBC have reported the deal, which will go through on July 1, 2018.
The Guinea international will undergo a medical at the club on Monday. Let’s hope he doesn’t suffer any injuries of any kind in the next 12 months.
Liverpool will now push ahead with a deal for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, who is reportedly keen to join.