After all the transfer speculation surrounding Naby Keita and Liverpool earlier this summer, it appears that the 22-year-old has agreed to a deal that will see him at Anfield next season.
Jürgen Klopp has been desperate to sign Keita all summer and despite RB Leipzig's best efforts at shutting Liverpool out, a deal has been agreed that will see Keita swap Leipzig for Liverpool next summer, according to journalist Paul Joyce.
Liverpool agree club record deal with RB Leipzig for Naby Keita which will see him sign NEXT SUMMER.— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) August 28, 2017
Joyce also claims that Keita is having a medical with the club on Monday before the deal is officially completed.
Keita having medical today. Officially joins on July 1, 2018.— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) August 28, 2017
Lvpl paid premium now on top of next summer’s £48million release clause.
Keita, along with Southampton's Virgil van Dijk, was a priority for Liverpool coming into the summer transfer window. Although Reds fans will have to wait until next season to see the Guinean play at Anfield, it will be a relief that Keita finally become a Liverpool player.
The midfield talisman has already featured in three games for RB Leipzig this season, most recently of which was in a commanding 4-1 victory over SC Freiburg at the Red Bull Arena.
Keita first came to Europe is 2013 after being scouted by French side Istres. Signed from the Guinean team Horoya AC, it took three months before the then 18-year-old Keita was promoted to the senior side having excelled in the clubs youth ranks.
Red Bull's Austrian project in Salzburg noticed the midfielder's talent and were quick to snap up Keita for just £1m in 2014. Going on to make 81 appearances for RB Salzburg over two years, a £13m switch to their new sister club in the German top flight was always on the cards.
Keita made 31 appearances in the Bundesliga last season, having a hand in 16 goals for Leipzig split evenly between goals and assists. Now on the cusp on a £48m move to Anfield, all eyes will be on Keita to see if can continue to perform in the Premier League.