Naby Keita’s move to Liverpool could now be a ‘formality’ despite their latest bid being rejected, according to reports.
The Reds were said to have had a £57million offer turned down by Keita’s club RB Leipzig on Thursday evening as they hunt down their top transfer target this summer.
Jurgen Klopp has so far added Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke and Roma winger Mohamed Salah to his squad but wants more additions ahead of the start of the new Premier League campaign.
Keita is Klopp’s main target but Leipzig are determined to keep hold of the Guinea international, with the club’s sporting director Ralf Rangnick recently insisting that none of his players are for sale.
However, Klopp is willing to break the bank to sign the player and could lodge another improved offer.
And AIPS media journalist Chris Williams reckons Liverpool may be able to break the Bundesliga side’s resolve if they do put forward an even bigger bid, according to a report in the Daily Express.
He also outlined that Keita is desperate to move to Anfield, saying on Twitter: “Keita is desperate to move Liverpool but RB Leipzig will not move on their “not for sale” stance.
“RB Leipzig may deal at an improved figure. Balance in favour of a LFC move has tipped.”
He added: “It could be a “formality” now that Keita moves to Liverpool during this window according to some within the German club.”
Keita made 31 Bundesliga appearances for Leipzig last season, scoring eights goals and currently contracted to the club until 2020.