Football: Liverpool agree on club-record fee $84m to sign Naby Keita for next season

Naby Keita is set to join Liverpool on July 1, 2018.
Naby Keita is set to join Liverpool on July 1, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON - Liverpool have agreed a club-record £48 million (S$84 million) deal to sign Red Bull Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, with the player officially joining on July 1 next year.

The BBC reported that the Reds have agreed to pay the £48-million release clause that will allow him to move next summer, plus an undisclosed premium.

The 22-year-old had been one of Jurgen Klopp's primary targets this summer, but Leipzig had refused to sell.

The deal will surpass the £35 million club record fee the Merseyside club paid Newcastle to sign Andy Carroll.