Liverpool want Naby Keita in January with RB Leipzig open to discussions

Ross Houston
January 11, 2018

Liverpool have already agreed a £55 million transfer, but an additional premium will be required to bring him in this month.

However, with doubts over the future of Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho leaving for Barcelona, it has been rumoured Liverpool are interested in cutting a deal for the Guinean global to come sooner.

Keita would not be a direct replacement for Coutinho.

Guangzhou Evergrande say they will not enter a bidding battle with fellow Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan for the services Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Why should they do something like that (letting him leave in January)?

The report suggests €15-20m (around £13-£17.5m) will be needed to sway the Bundesliga team to release Keita early.

Phil Thompson believes that Liverpool FC need to sign a top-class goalkeeper and another centre-half to bolster their defence.

While Leipzig's owner's Red Bull are not short of cash, the club could be tempted to cash in to ensure they comply with UEFA's financial fair play regulations, while being able to reinvest the money into the squad.

The arrival of the 22-year-old box-to-box star would be a big boost for Liverpool, especially after the disappointment of losing Coutinho, who has been the Reds' key player for the last three seasons.

Of course, if Keita does make the move, he would be ineligible for the Champions League matches having represented Leipzig in the same competition already this season.

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