Liverpool face a make or break week in their pursuit of RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.
The Guinea international, who is keen to move to Anfield, is set to have showdown talks with the Bundeliga outfit's management board over his future.
Jurgen Klopp will eagerly await the outcome of those discussions in the hope that Leipzig reluctantly agree to open negotiations over a deal.
Liverpool are prepared to shatter their transfer record in order to secure the services of the highly-rated 22-year-old.
A price tag of £70million has been mooted in Germany but Leipzig have previously informed the Reds that Keita is not for sale at any price.
That stance could change if Keita informs Leipzig that he isn't prepared to stay put for another 12 months and his heart is set on signing for Liverpool.
Any fee for Keita, who is under contract until 2020, is bound to be significantly bigger than the club record £37million the Reds spent on Roma’s Mohamed Salah last month.
Liverpool know there is a 55milion Euros (£48million) release clause in Keita's contract which comes into effect in the summer of 2018.
However, Klopp is desperate to sign him now rather than wait another 12 months.
The dynamic box-to-box midfielder scored eight goals and contributed eight assists in 31 league appearances for Leipzig last season.
Source: Liverpool Echo
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