Liverpool have confirmed a deal for Naby Keita has been agreed for next summer as the ‘premium’ fee the Reds will pay RB Leipzig has been leaked in the German press.
Liverpool confirmed on Tuesday morning that they had finally secured a deal for their long-term target, although the Red Bull Leipzig midfielder must wait until next summer to move to Anfield.
But while Liverpool have stayed silent on the fee they will pay Leipzig, reports in the German press have strongly indicated the Reds have agreed to pay a premium on top of a £48million buy-out clause which comes into effect next year to sign the Guinea international.
German newspaper Bild said Liverpool will pay €75million (£69.4million) should Leipzig qualify for next season’s Champions League, €70million (£64.8million) if Leipzig secure a Europa League place, or €65million (£60.2million) should they fail to earn a place in Europe.
The 22-year-old underwent a medical with the Merseysiders on Monday and will officially sign on July 1, 2018.
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Liverpool were heavily linked with Keita earlier in the summer but no deal materialised despite a reported bid of £66million.
But Tuesday’s development brings to a close the long-running saga with their interest in the midfielder deemed sufficiently strong to deem the player worth waiting for.
Keita impressed last season as Leipzig finished second in the Bundesliga and qualified for the Champions League.