Even with the huge wealth of the Premier League, £70m feels like an excessive valuation but Liverpool would be buying potential - with Keita just 22 - and a player who has been personally requested by Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool target Naby Keita is dreaming of a move to Anfield in the summer transfer window, according to reports.
Above all others in the chase for Keita have been Liverpool, with the Merseysiders reportedly desperate to add a top-class midfielder to their ranks this summer ahead of their return to the Champions League.
The Guinea global has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield but, while Liverpool are now preparing an offer of £50 million for Keita, they may have to pay significantly more if they are to seal a deal for one of their key targets given RB Leipzig's demands, as reported by the Guardian.
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We're hearing that next year a €57m (£50m) release clause will kick in and with the player having so far refused to sign a new contract, Liverpool could look at exploiting that if Leipzig remain defiant.
Liverpool have the upper hand on clubs Arsenal and Manchester United this summer in some respect, as their fourth-place finish in the Premier League last season means that they are able to offer highly-sought-after players Champions League football for the next campaign.
That sort of figure is likely to price the Reds out of a move but it remains to be seen if Liverpool can negotiate that figure down.
The Guinea midfielder has only played a single full season in one of Europe's top leagues but impressed hugely for Leipzig, scoring eight times in 31 league outings.