Liverpool have been given fresh hope in their push to sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig this month.
The Reds agreed a deal to sign Keita next summer in August, paying his £48million release clause with an added £7m premium on top.
But the £142m sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona has convinced Liverpool that they may need a replacement for the Brazilian as soon as possible.
Leipzig have been insistent that Keita will not leave for Anfield before his planned summer departure, with the Bundesliga club concentrating on a Europa League campaign.
But German newspaper Bild have offered some hope for Liverpool, who ‘have a hole in the midfield, and a lot of money in the cash register.’
Bild claim that Leipzig’s stance has ‘softened’ with regards to losing Keita early, and they could sanction his sale if Liverpool offer even more money.
The sum Leipzig are asking for is said to be between £13.2m and £17.7m, meaning his final price would be between £68.2m and £72.7m.