Liverpool Will Have To Pay A Staggering £70 Million For Top Target

Posted June 28, 2017

"The Guinea global has emerged as a top target for Jurgen Klopp as he looks to beef up his midfield this summer - but the Reds could face a real battle to prise him from the Bundesliga", it says.

Liverpool have been handed encouragement in their attempt to sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, although the German club have indicated that they are not prepared to allow the Guinea worldwide to leave for less than £70 million.

German outlet Bild claim Liverpool will have to pay £70m for the Guinea worldwide.

However, Bild stressed that Keita was eager to remain with Leipzig for another season-something which has been contended by two sources on Monday morning.

Leipzig were the surprise package in Germany a year ago as they themselves qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history, leading to a number of their high-profile players trying to be poached by other European clubs.

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Naby Keita attempted 1,411 passes in the Bundesliga last season.

Reports on Thursday fuelled an excitement amongst Reds as it was suggested Keita has indicated a desire to leave RB Leipzig in the transfer window and that a move would be possible were his £70million price-tag met.

For a box-to-box midfielder, it's a good return and one last season's Bundesliga runners-up know will be hard to replace.

The Reds wrapped up the signing of Mohamed Salah last week, while Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is specifically mentioned in this report as a target.

Whether Liverpool will be willing to stretch to Leipzig's potentially excessive price demands remains to be seen, however.