Liverpool have confirmed a deal to sign RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita, with the midfielder moving to Anfield in July 2018.
The Reds have agreed to pay the £48m release clause that will allow the 22-year-old to move next summer, plus an undisclosed premium.
Keita had been one of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s primary targets this summer, but Leipzig refused to sell.
The deal surpasses the record £35m paid to Newcastle for Andy Carroll in 2011.
Liverpool confirmed the deal on Tuesday, and Keita said: “I will become part of a project that excites me greatly.
“My commitment to RBL remains absolute for the remainder of my time at the club. Having my future resolved means I can now focus on helping RBL achieve great things this season.
“Until I join my new club, next summer, I will remain an interested supporter from a distance.”