Naby Keita fee confirmed as Liverpool get star on cheap

Date published: Sunday 13th May 2018 10:06

Liverpool will pay a lower fee for Naby Keita after RB Leipzig failed to qualify for the Champions League.

Liverpool agreed a deal to sign Keita last August, paying the £48million release clause which will be activated this summer, and agreeing to a possible premium on top of it.

The additional fee would have been around £11m if Leipzig had qualified for the Champions League again, while there would have been no add-on had they not qualified for European football next season.

Leipzig’s 6-2 thrashing of Hertha Berlin means they will play Europa League football next season however, and that Liverpool’s final Keita fee is £52.75m.

Leipzig finished sixth in the Bundesliga with the win, finishing two points behind fourth-placed Borussia Dortmund.

They managed to hold onto sixth place despite Freiburg in seventh pulling off a shock victory over champions Bayern Munich.

 

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