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Liverpool’s top summer target Naby Keita wants to leave RB Leipzig

But the midfielder could cost the Reds a pretty penny

Liverpool’s summer could be a pricey one. 

The Reds have already smashed their transfer record this month by signing Mohamed Salah from Roma for a fee that could rise to an eye-watering €50million, eclipsing the £35m spent on Andy Carroll in 2011.

Crikey, remember that?

Ah, the good ol’ days

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Ah, the good ol’ days

And it looks like they could end up forking out a small fortune for Naby Keita – the RB Leipzig star you clearly know so much about.

The Guinean central midfielder, who’s dynamic, box-to-box style of play has been compared to N’Golo Kante, is reportedly keen on a move away from Leipzig this summer, according to German journalist Raphael Honigstein.

Keita is said to have “refused to sign a new contract with Leipzig despite holding talks at the end of the season,” and wants to “leave should the club’s valuation be met.”

But unfortunately for Jurgen Klopp’s side, the valuation is around £70m.

Or the equivalent to two Andy Carroll’s.

Keita scored eight times for Leipzig last season

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Keita scored eight times for Leipzig last season

Whether he’s worth that much is questionable, although the 22-year-old impressed last season as Leipzig finished surprise runners-up in the Bundesliga to secure qualification for the Champions League for the first time.

Keita currently has three years remaining on his contract, having signed from Red Bull Salzburg last summer – for a measly £10m.

Two men who could be out of Germany next season

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Two men who could be out of Germany next season

Keita joins Timo Werner and Virgil van Dijk as long-time Liverpool transfer targets, and we’re sure to hear more of this guy as the summer winds on.

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