June 22, 2018

Liverpool agree to sign Naby Keita next year, say reports

29 August 2017, 01:14 | Kristopher Drake

GETTY Philippe Coutinho Alexis Sanchez and Thomas Lemar could all be on the move this summer

Philippe Coutinho Alexis Sanchez and Thomas Lemar

Jurgen Klopp has been chasing Keita all summer after identifying him as one of his prime targets but Liverpool found it hard to agree a fee with a stubborn Leipzig side.

Having failed to persuade RB Leipzig to sell 22-year-old midfielder Naby Keita, Liverpool have triggered his £48m release clause for next summer.

Now Liverpool have thrashed out an agreement that will see Keita move to Anfield in July 2018.

The deal will surpass the £35 million club record fee the Merseyside club paid Newcastle to sign Andy Carroll.

They will reportedly pay an undisclosed premium as well.

Fitbit Ionic fitness smartwatch
They are the Fitbit Ionic - a new smartwatch , the Fitbit Flyer wireless headphones and the Fitbit Aria 2 - a smart scale. Fitbit Flyer is a headset that's meant to pair with the Ionic smart watch, but could be used with any Bluetooth device.

The midfielder is now undertaking a medical and an official announcement is expected soon.

RB Leipzig were last years Bundesliga runners up behind Bayern Munich, and like the reds are in the group stages of the Champions League.

Keita, along with Southampton's Virgil van Dijk, was a priority for Liverpool coming into the summer transfer window.

The Anfield club are also prepared to test Monaco's resolve to keep midfielder Thomas Lemar by offering to pay about £60 million before Thursday's transfer deadline.

However, it appears that Liverpool have been quick to strike now amid speculation from Catalan publication Mundo Deportivo that Barcelona had identified Keita as a potential late alternative to Philippe Coutinho.

Other News

Trending Now

Murray avoids potential Federer semi-final in US Open
Federer has already completed the Australian, Wimbledon and US Open treble three times in his career in 2004, 2006 and 2007. I'm going for it. "I'm totally honoured to have this particular event named after myself", Laver said.

Doklam standoff ends ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's China visit
Earlier on Monday, Indian authorities claimed that both the sides had mutually agreed to withdraw their respective troops. Beijing had accused India of transgressing into its territory and demanded immediate withdrawal of Indian troops.

India win series amid crowd trouble
While Dananjaya delivered the spell of his life, Sri Lanka's remaining bowlers were again largely unable to make breakthroughs. Thirimanne, playing his first global match since June 2016, scored 80 off 105 deliveries including five boundaries and a six.

Trump goes after the Senate, Jeff Flake and media on Twitter
The Arizona Republican also blew off Trump's potential support for Flake's primary opponent Kelli Ward. "It's going well. Jeff Flake, who he called "weak on borders" for opposing Trump's plan to build a wall along the US-Mexican border.

Iraqi forces 'break through' ISIL lines in Tal Afar
In advance of the operation, the Iraqi army had amassed some 400,000 troops and personnel in preparation for retaking Tal Afar . The district has produced some of the armed group's most senior commanders.

Taylor Swift's New Song Is Basically An ARG, And I Hate It
If not, just trust me: it's really, really amusing and probably later today it'll hit you and you'll just fall right out. So the Tigers take her advice and get it together-except for the big woman, who I swear to God eats a quesadilla.

A man with a knife attacked a military patrol in Brussels
One of the soldiers was slightly hurt in the attack which Mayor Philippe Close said had been carried out by a "lone individual". Soldiers have patrolled the streets of Brussels alongside the city's police force following terror attacks in 2015 and 2016.

Iraqi Forces Recapture Tal Afar Center from Islamic State
The whole Tal Afar area consists of 47 villages scattered around the city and its three towns. Tal Afar has always been a stronghold for hard-line Sunni insurgents.

Questioned in Fargo Woman's Disappearance
William Henry Hoehn, 32, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping in Greywind's disappearance. Police say Crews initially told them Greywind had left her apartment after helping her with a sewing project.

Mayweather vs McGregor: Johnny Nelson hails Floyd Mayweather's latest achievement
Mayweather beat his way through the constant jeers of a crowd that serenaded McGregor with "Ole", and chanted "Conor". McGregor somehow survived an onslaught in the seventh round when a right counter from Mayweather staggered him badly.