Liverpool Prepared To Nearly Double Their Transfer Record To Land Naby Keita

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has identified the midfielder as a key target this summer

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has identified the midfielder as a key target this summer

It was beginning to seem weird that none of Liverpool's Premier League rivals had expressed an interest in Naby Keita but it seems the Reds have finally been given some, albeit short-lived, competition.

"RB Leipzig don't want to sell him now but if he leaves he will be joining Liverpool".

Robertson reappeared on the Reds' radar after last summer's pursuit of the left-back failed to materialise due to the Tigers' impending Premier League season.

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According to Bild, Klopp is desperate to hire the services of the African star from Leipzig and the Anfield club made an offer worth 65million euros to secure their club record signing.

But The Times claim Liverpool must now splash out even more cash if they are to land Keita.

Bundesliga-based targets have become associated with Liverpool since Jurgen Klopp took over as manager, with Joel Matip, Loris Karius, Ragnar Klavan and Alex Manninger all arriving from Germany last summer.

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The 24-year-old finished last term with Steve Bruce's side and performed well for the Midlanders in the Championship during his 22 appearances.

It would seem that Liverpool's best chance of signing him would be if the player was to hand in a transfer request.

Though Keita would appear to be an upgrade on Liverpool's current midfield, Klopp will now have to consider if Keita would really reflect a £70m upgrade compared to what he already has at his disposal.

Should that be accepted, it would mean that Liverpool's transfer record - set earlier this summer with the £36.9m capture of Roma's Mohamed Salah - would be nearly doubled overnight.

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