Liverpool transfer news: Reds agree deal with RB Leipzig for future transfer of Naby Keita

Naby Keita will join Liverpool on 1 July 2018.

Naby Keita
Naby Keita will be a Liverpool player next summer Reuters

Liverpool have confirmed they have reached an agreement with RB Leipzig for the future transfer of their midfielder Naby Keita.

The 22-year-old has long been linked with a move to Anfield throughout the summer transfer window. The Guinean international was a key target for Jurgen Klopp, but the Bundesliga outfit decided against sanctioning his sale.

Keita has a release clause of £48m, which will kick in only next summer. The player completed his Liverpool medical on Monday and will join Klopp at the Merseyside club next summer.

A statement on Liverpool's official website read, "Liverpool Football Club can confirm they have reached an agreement with RB Leipzig for the future transfer of Naby Keita."

"The Reds have agreed a deal with the German club and the midfielder that will see the 22-year-old move to Anfield on July 1, 2018 following the conclusion of the current season."

Keita has expressed his delight over agreeing to join the Reds, but stressed that he remains focused with Leipzig for the 2017/18 season.

"I am delighted that an agreement has been reached which will allow me to join Liverpool Football Club next summer, when I will become part of a project that excites me greatly," Keita told Liverpool's official website.

"My commitment to RBL remains absolute for the remainder of my time at the club. I have given my all every time I have worn the shirt – that will be the case until the final whistle, in my final appearance.

"Having my future resolved means I can now focus on helping RBL achieve great things this season. Until I join my new club, next summer, I will remain an interested supporter from a distance."