In a major blow to Liverpool’s transfer hopes, The Times report that Red Bull Leipzig have officially told Liverpool that they will not be selling midfielder Naby Keita this summer. The news means that Keita will have to hand in a transfer request in order to salvage any hope of forcing a move through this summer.
That could be the case, though, as the Mirror say that Liverpool will not be put off in their pursuit despite the latest revelations. As such, Keita may have to act quickly to ensure that his club do consider negotiating a potential sale, which would allow him to move to Anfield for the 2017/18 season.
Despite these worries, manager Jurgen Klopp spoke after a 4-0 win over local non-league side Tranmere Rovers to calm fans’ concerns about the club’s transfer business. He told the club website that he is not panicking over the lack of activity so far this summer, as he said:
“We cannot only buy players because other teams buy players – we do our business as well as we can do it and we are completely in it. We are convinced about the way we are going, so that’s all. I’m not nervous, maybe that’s the right message.”
The only major signing to join the club so far in the current transfer window has been Mohamed Salah from Roma. With talk of a number of big money deals before the season starts, fans will be hoping to see more arrivals before the Premier League kicks off in August.
One of those could be Gent midfielder Moses Simon as the Daily Mail report that Liverpool are one of four Premier League clubs chasing the 21-year-old. Brighton are thought to have had an £8 million rejected by the Belgian club, whilst West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham are also monitoring his situation.
Usually deployed in a central attacking midfield role, he can also play on the left. It is expected that Simon would demand a fee in the region of £13 million after he impressed last season, scoring five goals in 38 games and also shining in the Europa League against Tottenham.
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