Report: Liverpool seal Keita deal; Sanches loan close

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Liverpool is making moves in the final days of the transfer window.

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Following their qualification to the UEFA Champions League group stage last week, Jurgen Klopp‘s boys trounced Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday as the Reds keep rolling to start the season.

Despite Philippe Coutinho handing in a transfer request amid continued bids from Barcelona, there is plenty of talk about incomings at Liverpool on Monday with the Reds already putting in a record bid for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.

Multiple reports claim that RB Leipzig star Naby Keita has had a medical in Manchester on Monday and Liverpool have agreed to sign the Guinea midfielder for $62 million next summer when the release clause in his contract kicks in. It is also reported Liverpool have paid a premium to get the deal agreed early.

Keita, 22, is one of the most promising two-way midfielders in Europe and burst onto the scene last season in the Bundesliga with eight goals and seven assists as the upstarts finished runners up behind Bayern Munich and qualified for the UEFA Champions League.

The second piece of juicy news from Sky Italy regarding Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches.

The Portuguese youngster, 20, found minutes hard to come by for the German champs last season and the central midfielder is reportedly close to sealing a loan move to Liverpool.

Add to all of that a reported club-record fee for Lemar for $71 million and it seems to suggest the Reds either have some cash to spend (Coutinho to Barcelona for $190 million?) or they are showing real ambition to add to their squad.

Keita has been tracked all summer long and although Klopp will be disappointed he didn’t land his man for this summer, paying half of what Leipzig were said to be asking for Keita represents a real bargain, especially in this crazy market.

Sanches will add plenty of competition to Liverpool’s midfield and will battle with Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum for minutes. With Liverpool having plenty more games to handle this season, his addition will be more about boosting numbers but Sanches talent, as we saw in Portugal’s EURO 2016 run, is undoubted.