Times: Klopp lays on charm offensive as talks begin with his top two Liverpool summer targets
By Harry Sykes
Jurgen Klopp has already held informal talks with Liverpool’s top two summer transfer targets, according to a report.
The Times claim the Anfield manager is pushing to prise centre-back Virgil van Dijk from Southampton and central midfielder Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.
It is said that the duo are the leading targets of Klopp as he jumps aboard the transfer merry-go-round and prepares to sanction what could be record-breaking fees for Liverpool in the forthcoming window.
The Times report that Klopp is “laying on the charm to his top defensive target” Van Dijk and “it is the same” with goalscoring midfielder Keita.
The Merseyside giants are preparing to go big to land Van Dijk even though he has a price tag in excess of £50million and could become the most expensive defender ever this summer.
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Leipzig want to hold on to Keita, whose goals from central midfield have catapulted the team into the Champions League next season, where they are set to be joined by Liverpool.
But a substantial offer could prove decisive for the 25-year-old, who scored eight goals and supplied a further eight assists from 31 Bundesliga matches this season.
Klopp’s side defeated Middlesbrough 3-0 on Sunday to secure the top-four Premier League finish that will guarantee a place in the final qualification stage of the Champions League for next season.
It has been widely reported that that Liverpool’s American owners Fenway Sports Group will hand Klopp the biggest transfer kitty in the club’s history this summer to strengthen the playing squad.