Liverpool are to up the ante and submit a £70 million bid for Red Bull Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, according to the Mirror. The Reds have already had one offer for the Guinean international rejected but are determined that they will bring their top transfer target to Anfield before the deadline comes to a close.
£70 million would be double the club’s current record transfer fee and would surely encourage the Bundesliga side to at least consider a sale. However, they have been reluctant to even mull over the interest and their reaction to this latest bid could be crucial in indicating whether or not a deal will be possible.
In more good news, the Daily Mail believe that fellow midfielder Emre Can will reject a move to Juventus and will commit his future to Liverpool. The German has been in talks with club bosses over a new contract having entered into the final 12 months of his existing contract at the club.
The 23-year-old continued his ongoing improvement last season as he forced his way into Jurgen Klopp’s team and established himself as a regular. Now, he will face increased competition but could still prove to be a key player to this Liverpool side with his energy and defensive strength.
One player whose future remains uncertain is striker Daniel Sturridge, though the Mirror say that the injury prone forward has rejected the opportunity to move to the Chinese Super League. They claim that former Bayer Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt made a move to take him to Beijing Guoan before the Chinese transfer deadline on Friday.
Sturridge has rejected the move and now seems likely to stay on Merseyside for at least a few more months, with him being played both centrally and out wide in a front three during the club’s opening pre-season friendlies.
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