Liverpool have been handed encouragement in their attempt to sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, although the German club have indicated that they are not prepared to allow the Guinea global to leave for less than £70 million.
However, there is a stumbling block in place, and it's a major one...
Oliver Hartmann, chief reporter and Leipzig correspondent for German magazine Kicker, has since rebuffed talk of the midfielder moving to Liverpool.More news: Father Arrested for the Murder of His Missing 5-Year-Old Son
In 32 appearances in all competitions, Keita notched 8 goals and 7 assists, with his all-action performances alerting some of European football's biggest clubs.
Liverpool midfield target Naby Keita has been likened to Chelsea star N'Golo Kante and will only continue to improve.
It's claimed by the Guardian that Liverpool are considering offering a deal worth £50m, but whether or not that's enough to convince Leipzig to let him go remains to be seen, as at this stage it seems highly unlikely.More news: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Standalone Release Confirmed
Leipzig, however, know that Liverpool have plenty to spend this summer and need to secure their top targets if they are to keep Klopp happy.
The Guinea global has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield but, while Liverpool are now preparing an offer of £50 million for Keita, they may have to pay significantly more if they are to seal a deal for one of their key targets given RB Leipzig's demands, as reported by the Guardian.
It's not that there are other clubs interested: it's that the player is reportedly willing to stay with Leipzig for another season.More news: Chile wait on Aranguiz's fitness for semi-final
The figure of £70M would clearly break Liverpool's transfer record, but with booming media revenues the figure is not beyond Liverpool's capabilities.