After several weeks of speculation, German newspaper Bild say that Red Bull Leipzig have rejected an initial bid worth €65 million (£57 million) for midfielder Naby Keita. The club have reiterated their position of not wanting to sell the 22-year-old despite Liverpool’s strong interest in his services.
The Times claim that it will not be enough to put Jurgen Klopp and co. off a move for Keita, though, with their reports suggesting that Liverpool will return with a new and improved offer. They have also received a boost following suggestions that Keita may even hand in a transfer request in order to force the move.
Another major summer signing could be on his way from Germany as Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is targeted by the Reds, according to The Sun. They say that both Liverpool and Chelsea are targeting the Gabon international in what would be a £65 million deal.
The prolific striker scored 40 goals in 44 games for the Bundesliga outfit last season but is thought to be open to a new challenge this summer, with the Premier League duo amongst the suitors who could look to make a move for the 28-year-old.
One player could be on his way out of the club, though, as The Times say that Liverpool have received a £5 million bid from Serie A side Lazio for Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva. If accepted, it could put an end to Lucas’ ten year stay on Merseyside and his spell as the club’s longest serving player.
It seems likely that the bid will be accepted, with Jurgen Klopp reluctant to stand in his way, despite still being in the market for a central midfielder and central defender – two areas where the 30-year-old provides cover. Given his minimal number of appearances last season, it could be best for all parties if he departs.
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