With strong communication from RB Leipzig’s camp that Naby Keïta would cost an inordinately high fee to move to Anfield, news of the dynamic midfielder’s desire to leave followed. It was a classic transfer window push and pull scenario that clearly underlined a player’s determination to move to a specific club. Since then, it has become clear that Virgil van Dijk wasn't the only player Liverpool had an agreement with.
Reports that Naby Keïta has already agreed a deal with Merseyside’s finest matches up with the willingness to bring him to English football for what would clearly be the club’s transfer record by some distance. Again, this shouldn't be a surprise as the dominoes are lining up akin to countless deals in the past. The only question surrounds coming to an agreement with a reluctant seller.
It might seem incredible to some observers, but Naby Keïta wants to leave RB Leipzig to join Liverpool. Whether a deal transpires or not, Liverpool is Keïta’s choice. No other club is in the running for the simple reason that the player has made his mind up to leave for a club prepared to push for his signature. However, this does not guarantee a compromise between Liverpool and RB Leipzig for the 22-year-old.
Gabriele Marcotti is the second highly respected and well-connected journalist to bring a key update on Keïta. At the start of the week, Raphael Honigstein tweeted that Keïta wants to leave. Today, Marcotti tweeted that Liverpool have an agreement in principle with Keïta. One step forward, then another in a clear pattern that sends encouragement to Liverpool and a clear message to RB Leipzig.
This is where the potential currently transfer stands, but it is better to see such information as part of a larger strategy with one ultimate goal: securing a move to Liverpool Football Club.