Highly sought-after Guinean midfielder Naby Keita could break the Bundesliga transfer record should he leave RB Leipzig in the summer.
The German club have shown public defiance in the face of losing one of their most promising players, demanding a fee of £70 million for his services.
Such a transfer would shatter the record set by Kevin De Bruyne’s departure from Wolfsburg in 2015, who sold the Belgian to Manchester City for £55 million.
Liverpool are rumoured to be interested in the 22-year-old midfield dynamo, and considering Jurgen Klopp’s explosive pressing style, rightfully so.
The Reds could offer as much as £50 million for Naby Keita, which is well under Leipzig’s evaluation. Given Liverpool’s history of negotiating down to the last pound over player transfers, their fans shouldn’t hold their breath over the club working out a deal.
However, reports claim that Naby Keita is keen on a move to Anfield, which places Leipzig in a difficult situation should those claims substantialize.
The 22-year-old netted eight times in the Bundesliga last term as RB Leipzig earned Champions League qualification with a 2nd-place finish.
It was his first season in the German top-flight since signing from Austrian champions FC Salzburg in 2016 for a comparably modest sum of €15 million (£13 million).