Liverpool are ready to break their transfer record for the second time this summer.
The Reds recently splashed out £36.9m – a fee that could eventually rise to £43.9m per The Guardian – to make Mohamed Salah their most expensive player of all time.
However, former Roma winger Salah could soon lose that title as The Times are reporting that Liverpool are preparing a hefty bid for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.
In a story attributed to Paul Joyce, the newspaper’s respected Northern Football Correspondent, The Times claim that Liverpool are poised to approach Leipzig to discuss their interest in 22-year-old Guinea international Keita.
Joyce acknowledges that Leipzig do not want to sell Keita and that they have placed a £70m price tag on his head.
Liverpool will reportedly show respect to Leipzig by not lodging a low tester-style opening bid.
Instead, according to Joyce, the Reds will open with serious offer close to Leipzig’s £70m asking price, albeit one made up of add-ons and incremental payments.