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Liverpool could sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig this month instead of in the summer. The Reds completed a deal for Keita in August that will see him move to Anfield from the Bundesliga side for a fee of €55million (£48.7million). That was after the Reds paid his €48million release fee with an additional €7million to smooth the deal over.

But reports from Germany claim Liverpool could pay an additional €15-20million (£13-17.5million) in order to bring Keita to Anfield six months early.

Leipzig have always insisted that Keita wouldn’t leave before his contract with the club formally expires on 30 June. The club are part of the Red Bull drinks empire; however, they need to generate their own funds in order to avoid sanctions under Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations. The team made the Champions League at the first attempt last season but currently lie in fifth place in the Bundesliga table at the halfway stage of this campaign.

But Keita is now regarded as a disruptive force in the Leipzig dressing room. He is aloof from his team-mates and isn’t showing the same kind of form that he did last season. He has had off-field issues, most recently a charge of driving without a valid licence. Nevertheless, he has accumulated a number of expensive cars and his German lessons have been replaced by instruction in English.

His goalscoring has certainly suffered. After finding the back of the net eight times in 31 Bundesliga games last season he has scored just twice in 13 appearances so far this season. However, he did score twice in five games in the Champions League.

Leipzig are coming round to the idea that they may be as well allowing Keita to leave now rather than at the end of the season.