Weeks of speculation have finally led to a rumoured bid, as German newspaper Bild report that Liverpool have made a €65 million (£57 million) bid for Red Bull Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita. It’s believed that the Bundesliga runners up have rejected the Reds’ initial bid.
Leipzig had previously outlined an asking price of £70 million, whilst sporting director Ralf Rangnick has even indicated that a three figure bid would not be enough to tempt the club into selling their star midfielder.
That may suggest that it could be a difficult task for Liverpool to secure a deal for the Guinean. However, Goal suggest that Rangnick’s position is not supported by all in charge at the club and they may, in fact, consider a substantial bid if Keita does want to leave, as early indications have suggested.
The 22-year-old could, therefore, be a possible addition this summer. He is clearly Liverpool’s top target and, given that a bid of £57 million has already been made, club bosses are clearly prepared to break their transfer record in order to bring Keita to Anfield, as Jurgen Klopp wishes.
Keita would bring energy to dynamism to Liverpool’s midfield three and it is clear to see why Klopp is pushing his bosses to go all out in their pursuit of the midfielder. Considering doubts over Emre Can’s future, with only 12 months left on his contract, the need to add a player of Keita’s style only increases.
Despite all of Leipzig’s protestations, insisting that Keita will not be sold, Liverpool are yet to turn to an alternative. The club have not been strongly linked with any other options so it seems that the Reds are going to give their all to sign Keita and are still intent on doing so. If they are unsuccessful, it may just mean that the move is postponed until January or next summer, rather than abandoned completely.
Currently, it seems that this transfer saga could draw on across the summer, but it does seem inevitable that Keita will be a Liverpool player at some point in the near future.
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