Liverpool announce Naby Keita deal

Liverpool have reached an agreement with RB Leipzig to sign Guinean midfielder Naby Keita next summer.

The 22-year-old will move to Anfield on July 1, 2018 after the Reds agreed to pay his £48m release clause plus an undisclosed premium making Keita the club’s most expensive acquisition.

For much of the summer Keita was manager Jurgen Klopp’s priority signing, with his club seeing offers of £57m and £66m for his services turned down by the Bundesliga outfit, who made it absolutely clear he wasn’t for sale this summer.

However, the Reds persistence paid off and will see their future ‘number eight’ arrive at the end of this present season, and the Conakry-born footballer is excited to what is in store for him.

“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,” he told the club’s official website.

“My commitment to RBL remains absolute for the remainder of my time at the club. I have given my all every time I have worn the shirt – that will be the case until the final whistle, in my final appearance.

“Having my future resolved means I can now focus on helping RBL achieve great things this season. Until I join my new club, next summer, I will remain an interested supporter from a distance.”