Naby Keita could become a Liverpool player in January, provided the Merseysiders are prepared to pay RB Leipzig more for his services.
The Kops triggered the midfielder’s £48 million release clause in an advanced deal, effective from July 1, 2018.
And, although, there had been speculations of a winter move for the 22-year-old; one which had been downplayed, severally, by the German side - most recently by club CEO Oliver Mintzlaff, they might be tempted to grant the Guinea international an early move if Liverpool pay a sum in the region of £13 million.
German publication Bild reports that the Bundesliga outfit need to generate extra revenue in order to avoid Uefa’s Financial Fair Play sanctions. And they are considering releasing the player earlier than expected in exchange for more cash.
With their request reportedly ranging from £13m to £17m, should the Anfield outfit cough out the latter, Keita would move behind Manchester United’s Paul Pogba as the most expensive midfielder ever signed by an English Premier League club.