RB Leipzig have finally relented and agreed to sell Naby Keita to Liverpool, although the transfer will only go through in July 2018.
The 22-year-old midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield since the end of last season after his impressive debut in the Bundesliga.
The Bulls had acquired Keita from sister club Red Bull Salzburg last year in preparation for their first-ever foray into the top tier of German football.
The Guinea international was one of their key performers as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, which surprised all and sundry to finish runners-up behind perennial champions FC Bayern München.
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) August 28, 2017
Leipzig had initially refused to discuss the possibility of Keita leaving, turning down two big-money bids from the Reds, but an agreement has now been reached between the respective parties.
The Merseysiders activated the £48 million escape clause in the youngster’s contract at the Red Bull Arena, which will come into effect at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.
The deal surpasses the £35m paid to Newcastle for Andy Carroll in 2011, making Keita the most expensive signing in Liverpool history.
Keita registered eight goals and seven assists in 32 appearances across all competitions for Leipzig last term.
Liverpool now have the 3 most expensive African footballers of all-time.
Mane ?? £34m
Salah ?? £37m
Keita ?? £48m pic.twitter.com/M9k8MZOSYo
— LFC Stats (@LFCData) August 28, 2017