Jul 15, 2017

Liverpool round-up: Improved Keita bid prepared; left-back signing close; deal for Brazilian

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After news emerged that Liverpool had a £57 million bid for midfielder Naby Keita rejected by Red Bull Leipzig, the Liverpool Echo claim that the Reds will go back in with an improved offer in the region of £65 million. Such a fee could force the Bundesliga runners up to consider selling the 22-year-old.

Keita himself is thought to be determined to make the switch to the Premier League and has asked club bosses not to stand in the way of his dream move. However, to date his bosses have shown no sign of being tempted to cash in on the Guinean international and this bid may still not be enough to change their mind.

One deal is close to completion though, as The Guardian say that Jurgen Klopp’s side are nearing completion on a deal which will see Hull City left-back Andrew Robertson join the Reds for £8 million. The Scottish international impressed last season despite Hull’s relegation from the Premier League.

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It’s expected that Robertson will compete and rotate alongside James Milner at left-back, rather than simply replace him. That could prove crucial with an increased number of fixtures to handle with the return of European football to Anfield after a season without it on Merseyside.

Another deal which could soon be confirmed is an emotional one as Sky Sports say that Lucas Leiva has been given permission to enter into talks with Lazio after a £5 million bid was accepted by the Reds. The Brazilian could leave and end a decade long stay at the club.

He is expected to move to Rome to replace AC Milan bound Lucas Biglia in the middle of the park, with his presence no longer required at Liverpool. With Klopp looking to add players in midfield and defence, the cover that he provided last season may no longer be needed.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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