Liverpool has confirmed its record £48 million deal with German side RB Leipzig for Guinea international midfielder Naby Keita.
Keita will be joining the Premier League giants Liverpool next year thanks to a £48 million ($62 million, 51.9 million euros) deal. Liverpool will also reportedly pay an undisclosed premium for the 22-year-old, who scored eight goals in 31 league appearances last term to help Leipzig finish runners-up in the title race.
In a statement Liverpool Football Club said they have reached an agreement with RB Leipzig for the future transfer of Naby Keita. The midfielder will move to Liverpool on July 1, 2018 following the conclusion of the current season.”
Keita, who will be a pivotal figure in Leipzig’s maiden Champions League campaign this term, said his present club remained his immediate priority but he was delighted to be joining such a historic club.
“I am delighted that an agreement has been reached which will allow me to join Liverpool Football Club next summer, when I will become part of a project that excites me greatly,” Keita told the Liverpool website. He added that he will continue playing for RBL with absolute commitment and having clarity over his future will enable him to help RBL achieve great things this season.
Liverpool’s previous transfer record was the £35 million they paid Newcastle United to sign Andy Carroll in January 2011.
Keita has been a longstanding target for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Keita began his career with Horoya in his home city of Conakry and spent a season at French second-tier side Istres before joining Red Bull Salzburg in 2014.
Klopp has signed Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah, Scottish left-back Andy Robertson and English striker Dominic Solanke during the current transfer window. Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday left them second in the Premier League table, two points below Manchester United, after three games.