By Richard Parks
Liverpool are set to make a big saving on their summer signing Naby Keita as RB Leipzig plummet down the Bundesliga, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim on their website that the final fee the Merseysiders will pay for midfielder Keita is dependent upon where Leipzig finish in this season’s table.
It is said that Liverpool will pay £59million if the German club finish in the Champions League places, or the top four, but that drops down to £52.75million if they only manage a Europa League finish in fifth or sixth.
Sky Sports report that the “fee payable is then reduced further to £48million if they finish 7th or below in the final league standings”.
RB Leipzig dropped to sixth place over the weekend after a 5-2 defeat to Hoffenheim at home, a game in which Keita played 45 minutes and scored his ninth goal from 37 appearances this season.
Liverpool announced last summer that they had signed Keita and he will formally join the club on 1 July this year.
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool’s main transfer negotiators Michael Edwards and Mike Gordon will be due a heavy dose of credit if they manage to secure an £11million saving on the Keita fee. That now appears a distinct possibility as Leipzig’s disappointing season took another dismal turn with the weekend demolition by Hoffenheim. With three matches of the Bundesliga remaining, Leipzig are sixth and just a point above Eintracht in seventh. A few champagne corks will be popped on Merseyside and in Boston if the deal is done at £48million for a brilliant midfielder who can be a sensation in the Premier League.