RB Leipzig star Naby Keita has reportedly already finalised personal terms with Liverpool, but a move to Anfield is still some way off with a fee still to be agreed.
The Guinean midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to Anfield this summer, with reports stating the Reds could be forced to shatter their transfer record to land the player.
Bundesliga outfit Leipzig are determined to resist all offers for their player though and have steadfastly refused to entertain any bids for Keita, and value their asset at a huge £70million.
But the Reds have at least taken a significant stride towards landing the player, with respected Italian journalist Gabriele Marcotti claiming Liverpool now have an agreement in place with Keita personally following talks with his agent.
However, any deal for Keita will completely shatter the club’s transfer record – which currently stands at the £36.9million paid for Mohamed Sala just last week.
Keita’s valuation, however, does appear rather steep given the player has only completed one full season in one of Europe’s big give leagues.
It’s expected the Reds will continue to talk with Leipzig, who despite their unwillingness to sell, could be forced into the sale if the player actively tells the club he wants out.
Keita appears ready to move on after apparently bidding his farewells to the club he joined in a £12.75m move from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg last summer.
“I love Leipzig, and I will never forget this city,” he is quoted by Die Welt, hinting that he could soon move on.
Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen this week compared Keita to Chelsea hero N’Golo Kante.