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Liverpool SMASH transfer record to sign Naby Keita – but there’s a catch

The Reds have agreed to sign the RB Leipzig midfielder next summer, triggering the midfielder's release clause

Liverpool have agreed to smash their club transfer record to sign long-term target Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.

But there’s a catch.


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Liverpool appeared to have missed out on signing Naby Keita this summer

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Liverpool appeared to have missed out on Keita

The Guinea midfielder, who has been pushing for a move to Anfield all summer, will join NEXT SUMMER for £48m plus a premium after one more season in Germany.

That’s according to reliable Times journalist Paul Joyce, who also beleives the midfielder is having a medical today ahead of completing his move on July 1 2018.

The Reds had seemingly given up on landing Keita after having three massive bids, in excess of £70m, all categorically rejected by Leipzig.

Keita’s stock has risen in Europe drastically in the last 12 months, notching up eight goals and eight assists in the Bundesliga last season as Leizpig stunned everyone to finish second.

Keita has pushed for the move all summer

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Keita has pushed for the move all summer

He is likely to be a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, whose move to Barcelona is hanging in the balance despite Liverpool rejecting a number of bids north of £100m.

Coutinho hasn’t played for Liverpool at all this season for various reasons and will hope the Reds accept any offer from Barca this week should another materialise.

Liverpool have agreed to negotiate Philippe Coutinho's move to Barcelona

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Coutinho will be hoping Barca come back in for him

In fact, Barca’s patience with the Merseysiders appears slim after the Catalans also reportedly made a move for Keita on Monday.

But they didn’t do enough to win him over, with Jurgen Klopp finally getting his man albeit 12 months later than planned.

Klopp has also tabled a £66m bid for Monaco winger and Arsenal target Thomas Lemar on Monday with the Reds preparing for an extremely busy finish to the summer transfer window.

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