Naby Keita's transfer fee as he swaps RB Leipzig for Liverpool this summer could jump by around €10 million depending on the outcome of the final four games of the Bundesliga.
Naby Keita's transfer fee as he swaps RB Leipzig for Liverpool this summer could sway by around €10m (£8.75m) depending on the outcome of the final four games of the Bundesliga, according to reports in Germany.
The 23-year-old agreed terms with the Merseysiders almost 12 months ago; however, the amount that will change hands for that deal to take place is not yet set in stone.
The Reds had the chance to activate the Guinea international's €55m (£48m) buyout clause at the end of this season but instead opted to close the agreement last year, with the highly-rated midfielder set to leave the Red Bull Arena on July 1.
However, according to German news outlet Bild, as quoted by Sport Witness, the fee could range from €65m (£57m) to €75m (£65m) depending on RB Leipzig's Bundesliga finish.
The report claims that should Die Roten Bullen finish in the top four, and qualify for Champions League football in the process; the upper limit will be demanded to seal the deal.
However, with Ralph Hasenhuttl's side currently sat in fifth; four points behind both Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen with only the same amount of games remaining, a second successive showing in Europe's elite competition looks unlikely.
Europea League qualification, meaning a finish in fifth or sixth, meanwhile, could very much be on the cards for Leipzig, although sitting just one point above Eintracht Frankfurt, who currently find themselves in seventh, is a cause for concern.
Although, with Niko Kovac's current outfit coming up against his future outfit, Bayern Munich, in the DFB Pokal final, where the winner secures a spot in the Europa League - or if the winner has already secured a place in Europe seventh then becomes a qualification spot - it seems Die Roten Bullen will be preparing for continental football again next season.
Meaning, for Liverpool, to complete the Keita deal, they will be forced to shell out €70m this summer.