Leipzig asked for Liverpool player in January Keita deal

Date published: Monday 23rd April 2018 9:57

Liverpool are in line to save millions on their summer move for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.

Liverpool agreed a deal to sign Keita last August, with the move going through on July 1.

The Reds will pay a minimum of £48million to sign the midfielder, but there is expected to be an added premium based on Leipzig’s Bundesliga performance.

Paul Joyce of The Times claims that Liverpool will pay a further £4.25m if Leipzig qualify for the Europa League, and an extra £11m if they reach the Champions League.

Leipzig are currently sixth in the Bundesliga, with their 5-2 defeat to Hoffenheim at the weekend leaving them two points behind their fifth-placed conquerors.

Bayer Leverkusen are four points clear of Leipzig in the final Champions League qualification spot, meaning Liverpool are set to save around £6.75m.

That fee could be reduced even further if Leipzig finish seventh or lower. Liverpool would then just have to pay the initial £48m. Leipzig are one point ahead of seventh-placed Eintracht Frankfurt.

Joyce adds that Liverpool hoped to ‘bring forward the agreement’ to sign Keita in January, but that Leipzig asked for a player in return.

The German side countered by requesting for Trent Alexander-Arnold to be included in ‘any early deal’, a ‘request’ Liverpool ‘dismissed’.


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