NABY KEITA is on the verge of signing for Liverpool THIS MONTH.
Liverpool have already agreed to sign the midfielder next summer after paying his release clause plus a sweetener to current club RB Leipzig.
But after selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142m, the Kop club have plenty of cash to spend, and are ready to slap down an additional fee to land Keita now rather than wait for six months.
Transfer guru Ian McGarry says a deal for the Guinea midfielder is now ‘close’ after talks between the two clubs.
McGarry told The Transfer Window podcast: “I do believe that an agreement is close to be agreed and Liverpool will have to play in the region of close to £12m extra to RB Leipzig in order to progress Keita’s registration in this window.
“And why not? An extra £12m when you’ve just taken a profit of around £130m for what you paid for Philippe Coutinho, even with the (Virgil) Van Dijk deal put in there as well.
“I think Liverpool are moving up in the world. They are genuinely going up into that ‘super club’ atmosphere of a club who are willing to spend tens of millions of one deal and then another deal after that.
“Credit to (owners) FSG and for backing Jurgen Klopp’s judgement when he’s not returned any trophies so far.
“Clearly there is some sort of confidence in Klopp’s management because they will give him this amount of spending power.”