Just like we did with Mo Salah weeks before we signed him, Liverpool have agreed on the contract we’ll pay Red Bull Leipzig’s Naby Keita.
That’s according to respected ESPN and Times columnist Gab Marcotti. The journalist isn’t a Liverpool expert, but he’s very highly regarded in the industry and sent this tweet today:
That’s my understanding… agreement in principle on wages/contract length
— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) June 30, 2017
As you will recall, Liverpool agreed on Mo Salah’s £90k/week wages way before we finally levelled on the £36.9m fee with Roma, so now it’s about sitting and waiting to see if RB Leipzig accept an offer – just as the Italians eventually did.
Last night, Paul Joyce in the Times claimed that Liverpool were happy to go up to us as much as £70m for the 22-year-old Guinean midfielder – which would almost double our newly broken transfer record.
Many fans will be wondering why we’re approaching players before bids have been accepted, after what what happened with our failed pursuit of Virgil van Dijk and eventual tapping up accusation from Southampton.
The difference is that with van Dijk, Liverpool boasted to various media outlets that he’d agreed to come having spoken directly with Jurgen Klopp. There are no such official releases being made in regards to the Keita chase – and there’s no bad blood between ourselves and RB Leipzig that would lead to them pursuing any kind of disciplinary action. It simply remains to be seen whether we’ll pay their whopping asking price – if Marcotti’s claims regarding an individual agreement with the player are true.