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LIVERPOOL AGREE CLUB-RECORD DEAL WITH RB LEIPZIG TO SIGN NABY KEITA NEXT SUMMER

Liverpool agree club-record deal with rb leipzig to sign naby keita next summer.

The 22-year-old is set to officially join the Anfield outfit on July 1, in a conclusion that pleases all parties involved RB Leipzig have given Naby Keita permission to have a medical at Liverpool and agree a transfer for next summer with the Reds paying a premium over his release clause to tie up a deal in advance.

The Bundesliga outfit refused to sanction a sale in this window, however, rejecting the two bids - the second of which equalled the record for a transfer in Germany’s top flight - as they were intent on fielding the 22-year-old during their debut season in the Champions League.

The clubs have come to a conclusion that suits all parties though, with the Merseysiders activating the £48 million escape stipulation in Keita’s contract that comes into effect at the end of this season as well as offering an extra sum to finalise matters now.

The player capable of operating as a No. 6, a playmaker or a No. 8, will be Liverpool’s record signing, eclipsing the initial £36.9m spend on Mohamed Salah.

However, if the Reds succeed in prising Thomas Lemar from Monaco, that business will shatter both figures with the current proposal worth over £70m inclusive of add-ons.We understand the 36-year-old former Chelsea man is considering a number of offers and Villa hope he can be persuaded to see out his career with the Midlands side.