Early Keita move unlikely as Liverpool search for Coutinho replacement

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Naby Keita is now whiling away the days at RB Liepzig ahead of his imminent move to Liverpool, which is ear-marked to go through on July 1st, 2018.

The Brazilian, who will be introduced by the Spanish club on Monday, is believed to have paid about £9m out of his own pocket and will have to dish out another £2.5m in the future.

The second most expensive transfer in football history, that of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool to Barcelona, nearly had a twist in the tale.

Riyad Mahrez is supposedly one of the potential Coutinho replacements on Liverpool's radar.

Van Dijk completed a £75 million transfer to Liverpool at the beginning of the window.

"He's letting Can leave at the end of the season - he doesn't fancy him, obviously, or he wants to leave, whatever".

Keita will officially become a Liverpool player on July 1st, after they agreed a £55m deal with Leipzig last summer.

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Thomas Lemar has been rumoured to be swapping Monaco for Merseyside ever since the start of last summer, and as sure as the sky is blue and water is wet, reports of a move have only increased in volume in the wake of Coutinho's exit.

Liverpool will attempt to bring Naby Keita's move to Anfield forward in an attempt to fill the void left by Philippe Coutinho's £142 million move to Barcelona.

The German club is determined to retain him as they seek to qualify for next year's Champions League, but Liverpool would be willing to pay more again to get him this month.

Indeed, Monaco have already insisted that the France global, who is also thought to be a target for Arsenal, would not be leaving the club in January.

While Jurgen Klopp is in the market for a new attacking option to replace Philippe Coutinho, it is thought that Mahrez would cost well more than the £49 million being reported, and Liverpool are not interested in the Algerian in any case.

Of course, that was before he sold Coutinho and his circumstances have definitely changed...

Keita has scored five goals for Leipzig, and assisted another, in all competitions so far this season, but it is his disciplinary record side has Rolfes anxious. "However, they had apparently not given as much gas as Liverpool".

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