Liverpool have reached an agreement with RB Leipzig for the future transfer of Naby Keita.

Following a medical, it has been confirmed that Naby Keita will be a Liverpool player effective from July 1 2018. Liverpool have beaten Bayern Munich and Barcelona to sign the Guinea international from RB Leipzig for the £48m release clause, plus a premium of around £3m.

Keita spoke about the transfer and said: “I am delighted that an agreement has been reached which will allow me to join Liverpool Football Club next summer, when I will become part of a project that excites me greatly.”

“My commitment to RBL remains absolute for the remainder of my time at the club. I have given my all every time I have worn the shirt – that will be the case until the final whistle, in my final appearance.

“Having my future resolved means I can now focus on helping RBL achieve great things this season. Until I join my new club, next summer, I will remain an interested supporter from a distance.”

The news came out of the blue after the Reds were told that RBL were not willing to sell Keita for any price this summer.

It is a good bit of business for Michael Edwards and co., and is hopefully not the last thing on the agenda for the final few days of the transfer window. Jürgen Klopp and his team still need to get at least two players for his squad to be complete, Virgil van Dijk is the main priority.

Another possible transfer would be Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, who Liverpool have reportedly bid £75m for this afternoon.

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