Published: Tue, June 27, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Liverpool FC Transfer Rumors: Kylian Mbappe, Naby Keita

Liverpool FC Transfer Rumors: Kylian Mbappe, Naby Keita

Liverpool have received a significant boost in their pursuit of RB Leipzig's Naby Keita following reports that a £70million price-tag has been slapped on the midfielder.

The Guinean worldwide had a stand-out debut season in the Bundesliga after signing for RB Leipzig last summer, but is already keen to move amid interest from the Merseyside club.

The highly-rated midfielder is a top summer target for Jurgen Klopp.

Leipzig have not yet confirmed that they have set a price for Keita, only insisting that they hope to hold on to the player for at least another season.

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The 22-year-old enjoyed a stellar campaign last year, scoring eight goals and providing eight assists in 31 league appearances from his central midfield role, helping his club to a surprise second-placed finish in the table.

Money does not appeal to them, but having that bit of history might appeal while also will confirm their reputation as hardline negotiators. According to Melissa Reddy, Liverpool will need to top the £55 million Manchester City paid for Kevin De Bruyne two summers ago. The current exchange rate pushes the figure up by £11m, and bettering it would only be a starting point for an agreement given the premium on elite talent in the window.

The resolve of both the Bundesliga outfit and Liverpool will be tested over Keita in what could become an exhausting exercise.

The Merseyside club have already secured the signing of 19-year-old forward Dominic Solanke from Chelsea, and winger Mohamed Salah from Roma for a record fee of £35m rising to £39m with add-ons.

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