RB Leipzig are not happy about selling Naby Keita to Liverpool and would not have allowed the deal to happen if it weren’t for his release clause.
The Guinea international midfielder will leave the German club at the end of the season to make the switch to Anfield after a deal was agreed between the two teams.
Liverpool have agreed to pay a premium to activate his £48m release clause early and it will see him become part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad next Summer.
And Oliver Mintzlaff, Leipzig’s CEO, has admitted that the Red Bull backed outfit were surprised at how keen the Reds were to complete a transfer for the African.
“We would have never given Naby Keita away if it had not been for the release clause.” he told Kicker.
“When we agreed on the clause, we did not presume that only after a few months there’d be a club willing to pay significantly more.” he added.
Liverpool are reported to be keen to bring Keita to Anfield in January if the Bundesliga club have been knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage.
It is unlikely that Leipzig will allow the midfielder to move on early, however, as they seek to qualify for next season’s competition.