Liverpool finalize £48m deal for Leipzig ace Naby Keita

With now three days left in the summer transfer window, Liverpool is on the verge of closing a deal for RB Leipzig’s midfield star Naby Keita for a club-record fee.

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Liverpool have been one of the few teams to struggle during this transfer window in the Premier League. Whilst everyone seems to be finalizing deals (and some, though very few, bargains), the club has struggled to keep their players settled in Anfield, with Coutinho being the last example of such behaviour. However, despite having relatively low team morale because of the Coutinho story, the Liverpool scouts have finally locked down their first target, and will now make the deal official regarding the signing of Naby Keita, RB Leipzig’s twenty-two year-old midfielder.

According to ESPN FC, Naby Keita will be joining Liverpool in July 2018 on a £48m transfer in what would become the most expensive transfer in Liverpool’s history, but also the most expensive African player in history. The Guinean international, 22, has been widely considered as one of the greatest revelations in last season’s Bundesliga, where he recorded 8 goals and 7 assists in only 31 appearances for Leipzig. Liverpool had been reportedly pushing for a move and eyeing the youngster ever since last July, but the deal has only been finalized today – three days before market closing. With this transfer, Keita will remain at Leipzig for the remainder of the season as he will be playing the Champions League in Group G; composed of Monaco, Porto and Beşiktaş.

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