Liverpool have bid around £74.2million for RB Leipzig star Naby Keita, according to reports in Germany.
Keita, 22, has been the subject of two unsuccessful offers from the Reds of £57m and £66m this summer.
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But German paper Bild are now reporting the Premier League club have come back in with an improved third offer.
The Guinea international was also in the headlines yesterday after seemingly letting his frustration at not being allowed to move boil over.
Keita committed a horror tackle on team-mate Diego Demma which even forced boss Ralph Hasenhuttl to cancel the training session.
The midfielder is believed to be desperate to be allowed to move to Anfield – but his club are playing hardball as they attempt to keep hold of their prized-asset.
Keita’s brutal challenge left Demma reeling on the pitch in agony towards the end of the session at the club’s training camp in Seefeld.
The 25-year-old was then bandaged up over his right knee and carried off by others.
Boss Hasenhuttl was so angry with the unnecessary tackle that he ended practice and ordered the team to the hotel.
There were reports yesterday that Jurgen Klopp would wait until next summer to finally sign Keita.
A clause in his contract stipulates that he can leave for £48m in 12 months time.
Leipzig sporting director Ralph Rangnick has insisted none of their star players will be sold and the club will try and persuade the midfielder to sign a new contract.
The midfielders social media activity has sent some Liverpool fans into frenzy.
Keita has decided on Sunday evening to follow Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino on Instagram, another hint at where he wnats to play his football this season.
What could Keita bring to your fantasy football team?
One word: energy.
The lungbusting midfielder is one of the hottest properties in Europe at the moment after a stellar season in the Bundesliga.
Only four players – Thiago Alcantara, Arjen Robben, Emil Forsberg and Robert Lewandowski – had a higher rating than Keita (7.60) in Germany last season.
His eight goals and seven assists from midfield is mighty impressive too, making him a viable candidate for your Dream Team should Liverpool convince Leipzig to sell.