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£13m could bring Naby Keita to Liverpool in January

Liverpool hoping to speed up Naby Keita's transfer from RB Leipzig following Philippe Coutinho departure RB Leipzig 'to resist January move from Liverpool for Naby Keita'
Lucia Summers | 11 January, 2018, 15:34

However, with doubts over the future of Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho leaving for Barcelona, it has been rumoured Liverpool are interested in cutting a deal for the Guinean worldwide to come sooner.

The Reds are set to welcome the midfielder into their ranks this summer but had hoped to fast-track his move by a full six months to the current transfer window.

Philippe Coutinho out, Naby Keita in? However, off the field problems and Leipzig's failure to make the knockout stages of the Champions League, softened the club's attitude for an early departure.

However, those beliefs were initially quashed by Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff who said: "Neither Naby nor his agent have made the request to leave the club in the winter".

"There is nothing else to say about that".

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But now Bild claim that Leipzig's attitude has changed and they are open to letting the 22-year-old leave now, but only if they receive a sum between £13m and £17.5m.

And, if the reports are to be believed, Liverpool fans think that it's a 'no-brainer'.

The Brazilian star was world class for the Reds this season and Klopp should not wait for next summer to sign a replacement.

European's elite competition could be a vital factor in any possible deal though as RB Leipzig are fighting for qualification into the Champions League and may want to hold on to such a player.

Leipzig might need to sell in order to ensure they don't fall beneath the required line for UEFA's Financial Play rules.

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