RB Leipzig’s Bundesliga Finish Could See Liverpool Pay Up to €10m More for Transfer


Naby Keita

Naby Keita’s transfer fee as he swaps RB Leipzig for Liverpool this summer could sway by around €10m (£8.75m) depending on the outcome of the final four games of the Bundesliga, according to reports in Germany. 

The 23-year-old agreed terms with the Merseysiders almost 12 months ago; however, the amount that will change hands for that deal to take place is not yet set in stone. 

The Reds had the chance to activate the Guinea international’s €55m (£48m) buyout clause at the end of this season but instead opted to close the agreement last year, with the highly-rated midfielder set to leave the Red Bull Arena on July 1. 

However, according to German news outlet Bild, as quoted by Sport Witness, the fee could range from €65m (£57m) to €75m (£65m) depending on RB Leipzig’s Bundesliga finish. 

The report claims that should Die Roten Bullen finish in the top four, and qualify for Champions League football in the process; the upper limit will be demanded to seal the deal. 

However, with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side currently sat in fifth; four points behind both Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen with only the same amount of games remaining, a second successive showing in Europe’s elite competition looks unlikely. 

Europea League qualification, meaning a finish in fifth or sixth, meanwhile, could very much be on the cards for Leipzig, although sitting just one point above Eintracht Frankfurt, who currently find themselves in seventh, is a cause for concern. 

Although, with Niko Kovac’s current outfit coming up against his future outfit, Bayern Munich, in the DFB-Pokal final, where the winner secures a spot in the Europa League – or if the winner has already secured a place in Europe seventh then becomes a qualification spot – it seems Die Roten Bullen will be preparing for continental football again next season. 

Meaning, for Liverpool, to complete the Keita deal, they will be forced to shell out €70m this summer.


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