Inter Laying Groundwork To Sign Liverpool Target Naby Keita Next Summer

Liverpool boss Klopp explained that he is perfectly happy with the club's transfer strategy

Liverpool boss Klopp explained that he is perfectly happy with the club's transfer strategy

However, they are pushing to sign Red Bull Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita for around £65million after having a £57m offer rejected and anticipate Lucas Leiva will join Lazio for around £5m on Monday.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds will offer Leipzig as much as £65m for Keita - a fee that nearly doubles their current record signing of the £37m paid for Roma's Mohamed Salah earlier this summer.

Leipzig are unlikely to sell the 22-year-old midfielder this summer but Liverpool are expected to enter the chase for him again next year if there is indeed a release clause in Keita's contract.

Naby can operate as a defensive midfielder, creative central midfielder and also a productive attacking midfielder. It is close to double the amount Liverpool paid to sign Andy Carroll over six years ago and would represent one of the most expensive transfers of all time. Last season he scored goals and set goals up.

Keita didn't take part in Leipzig's first pre-season friendly after complaining of a stomach ache-he did, though, make an appearance in the 2017/18 squad photoshoot on Saturday morning.

Jurgen Klopp is scouring the market for a full-back who can provide competition to James Milner and his search seems to have ended with Hull's Robertson.

SkyBet now put the Keita to Liverpool move at just 1/2 - odds that suggest it is highly likely to happen. Asked whether they could revive their interest, Klopp said: "Am I allowed to talk about this?"

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