Barely twenty-four hours after the drubbing of Arsenal, Liverpool completed the signing of Naby Keita for a club record £48m from RB LEIPZIG.
Liverpool met the release clause in Keita’s contract but will stay back at Leipzig until the end of the campaign that just begun. Meaning the Anfield faithful will have to wait one more season to see their new midfield maestro in action.
Liverpool had to make compromises in order to secure the signature of Keita as Leipzig fought to hold on to the player, which lead LFC to break the club transfer record of £35m previously held by Andy Caroll when he moved to Anfield from Newcastle.
It is unclear if this signing would be paid down despite the player joining next season, however, if Keita’s fee is considered as being part of this season spending, it will take Liverpool spending to £90m so far, this includes the £34m paid for Mohamed Salah from Roma and £8M paid for Andrew Robertson from Hull.
Arsenal spent the majority of the preseason pursuing Thomas Lemar and his team mate Kylian Mbappe, while it was almost impossible for Arsenal to buy Mbappe because the price tag is not just “Arsenal-like”, it was within reason, however, for the fans to be hopeful that Lemar would arrive. this hope was crushed last week when Wenger announced during his Liverpool press conference that Thomas Lemar deal is “dead”. The reason given by Wenger was that Monaco is not selling because they have lost fair few of their key players and may still loose Mbappe to PSG before the close of the transfer window.
LEMAR IN ACTION:
Barely twenty-four hours after the thrashing of Arsenal, it emerged that Liverpool may actually sign Lemar!
Liverpool is so keen to sign him that they submitted multiple bids in one day after Monaco refused the initial bid of £55.5m reported by sky sports earlier today, the Telegraph is now reporting a new bid of £64m for the player.
If Liverpool signed Lemar, it will be another embarrassment for Arsenal, as Arsene Wenger devoted almost an entire transfer window pursuing a player, then gave up thinking a deal is not possible, only to be beaten again by the club that just thrashed you a week before.
Liverpool’s Lemar signing will also mean that Arsenal reluctance to meet his valuation was responsible and not the excuse given by Wenger.