Liverpool to smash their transfer record twice on two stars

Liverpool will have to smash their transfer record to buy Naby Keita this summer, reports say.

The Guinean midfielder enjoyed a stunning debut season with the Bundesliga newcomers as they battled Bayern Munich for the title at the first attempt.

He has scored eight goals and layed on as many assists during 32 appearances to help Ralph Hasenhuttl's side finish second, securing automatic qualification for the Champions League group stages in their maiden season in the top-flight of German football.

But Leipzig are not preparing to allow 22-year-old to leave cheaply, with only offers in excess of £50 million likely to even be considered by the club.

RB Leipzig's Naby Keita in action with Ingolstadt's Roger Bernardo
RB Leipzig's Naby Keita in action with Ingolstadt's Roger Bernardo

However Oliver Mintzlaff, Leipzig's chief executive, has poured cold water on talk of an exit for Keita.

Liverpool's current record transfer fee is £35M which they paid for Andy Carroll six years ago but now the club has qualified for the play-off stages of next season's Champions League, boss Jurgen Klopp wants to strengthen the squad by bringing in some world class talent. "We will keep our team together and keep on developing".

The Times claim Jurgen Klopp has made the Guinea global one of his transfer priorities alongside Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

It won't be Liverpool's spending power that puts the deal into jeopardy with Klopp set to have the club's largest ever transfer budget at his disposal.

  • Julie Sanders