Liverpool’s summer long pursuit of Naby Keïta came to an end when the Reds announced they had signed the RB Leipzig midfielder for a club record fee.
Football Whispers exclusively revealed in April the Reds were eager to bring the dynamic midfielder to the club and had held talks with the player’s agency over a potential move this summer.
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However, Leipzig were determined to keep Keïta at the club for their maiden Champions League campaign, so Liverpool’s plans changed.
They had to forgo his services for 12 months to make a deal happen but secured the 22-year-old’s signing for the summer of 2018 by paying a premium on top of his release clause – it ensured they pipped Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City to his signature.
The fee, reported to be in the region of £55million, was expected to take a large chunk of the club’s transfer budget. However, a source has revealed to Football Whispers the Reds only had to pay a nominal fee for the midfielder this summer – similar to a deposit.
The majority of the fee will be paid next summer when he officially becomes a Liverpool player.
It means Jürgen Klopp is able to pursue van Dijk and Lemar safe in the knowledge he doesn’t have to sell to buy if he wants to further strengthen his squad.
But if Fenway Sports Group decide to cash in on Coutinho now he’s lost the trust of the manager, the Reds could bring in additional new faces before the deadline.
Melwood is the place to keep an eye on with just two days of the transfer window remaining.