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30 June 2017

Liverpool willing to smash their transfer record for Leipzig’s £70million-rated Naby Keita

LIVERPOOL are willing to smash their transfer record to sign Naby Keita.

Kop boss Jurgen Klopp has identified the RB Leipzig star  as the man he wants to build his midfield around next term.

Liverpool target Naby Keita has been a huge star for Leipzig in the Bundesliga
Liverpool target Naby Keita has been a huge star for Leipzig in the Bundesliga
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Guinea star Naby Keita is the top target for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Guinea star Naby Keita is the top target for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
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But he faces a huge battle to persuade the moneybags German outfit to sell a player they value at £70million.

That fee would be double their current record — the £35m they paid Newcastle for Andy Carroll back in January 2011.

Liverpool have yet to make their move for the 22-year-old Guinea international but know they will have to pay a heavy price if they want him immediately.

Keita is believed to have a £48m release clause but that  only kicks in next summer.

Klopp is due back at Melwood for pre-season training next week and will be keen to see some progress made on his targets.

The Reds did sign ex-Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, 25, from Roma for £34.3m last month.


Naby Keita could surpass Andy Carroll as the record buy for Liverpool if he moves this summer
Naby Keita could surpass Andy Carroll as the record buy for Liverpool if he joins
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Former Chelsea flier Mohamed Salah has already joined Liverpool - for £34.3m from Italians Roma
Egypt and former Chelsea flier Mohamed Salah has already joined Liverpool – for £34.3million from Italians Roma last month
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Meanwhile,  Salah and the Blues have been cleared of wrongdoing after the Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed a complaint brought by Fiorentina.

Salah joined the Italian side on loan in January 2015 for the rest of the season.

But Fiorentina alleged breach of contract when the Egpyt winger instead moved to Roma on loan for the 2015-16 season in a deal which later became permanent.

Fifa threw out the complaint in May 2016 and now CAS  have released a statement, which read: “We have dismissed the appeal and Fiorentina’s claim for compensation of €32m  was rejected.”

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Jurgen Klopp must ponder how far to pursue his interest in Leipzig star Naby Keita
Jurgen Klopp must ponder how far to pursue his interest in Leipzig star Naby Keita
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