Whatever happens, it appears that the Naby Keïta transfer saga is coming to a close with reports that Liverpool are set to make a third and final offer for the midfielder. RB Leipzig have rebuffed any attempt to prise the midfielder away from last season's surprise package in the Bundesliga, but will £75 million finally persuade Leipzig's hierarchy to sell the dynamic and unique midfielder?
Of the £75 million to be paid, £40 million is set to be offered up front for the 22-year-old. This offer is close to £10 million more than the second bid, but it will more than double the club's transfer record. Even if Mohamed Salah is believed to be Liverpool's record transfer, this clearly dwarfs the fee paid to AS Roma by some distance. Simply put, Liverpool are entering serious transfer spending territory that would be difficult to improve on.
If RB Leipzig reject this gargantuan offer, Liverpool should probably move on to pursue alternative targets. It is hoped that such an offer will satisfy Red Bull's need to be strong in public with the highest profile possible, but it is quite difficult to know what to expect from a saga that seems set to come to a conclusion with the new Premier League season and Champions League qualifiers drawing ever closer.
Now, we wait...