Report: Newcastle United now want to sign ‘incredible’ Liverpool player, he could join for free next summer
Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita.
According to Milan Live, Newcastle are one of a number of teams eyeing up the 27-year-old Guinean international.
Keita has never quite lived up to expectations since arriving at Anfield for a then club-record fee of £52.75m from RB Leipzig.
Injuries have plagued his four years at the club, and he’s now nearing the end of his contract.
A report from Liverpool Echo suggests there’s ‘no immediate sign of an extension on the horizon’.
Keita will therefore be available on a free transfer and plenty of clubs will have their eye on the midfielder.
Milan Live believe that as well as Newcastle, West Ham and AC Milan are also interested in signing Keita.
He could also make a return to Germany with Borussia Dortmund.
Keita has managed just five minutes of football this season, coming on as a late substitute in the Community Shield.
A hamstring injury has ruled him out for the entirety of the campaign, although he has now returned to training.
Frustratingly for Jurgen Klopp, even though he’s now close to being fit again, he’s not been registered to play in the Champions League group stages.
However, if Newcastle do sign Keita next summer, with the current form they’re on, he could just get another crack at it.
Newcastle interested in signing Keita
Eddie Howe will already have his eye on working out how he can improve his squad further next season.
The Magpies are surpassing all expectations so far this season, and could find themselves back in Europe next year.
Keita’s injury struggles might be a red flag for Newcastle, and he’s now got six months to prove he can stay match fit.
There’s no guarantee the ‘incredible’ midfielder will even be able to break into Newcastle’s team.
Bruno Guimaraes has been one of the best players in the league this season, with Paul Merson saying he’s been ‘outstanding’.
If Newcastle’s interest in signing Keita is concrete, their finances should allow them to trump any offer from another team.
Keita certainly has quality, but the 73 matches he’s missed since joining Liverpool might be too big of an issue.
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