After signing Mohamed Salah to open their summer transfer window business, respected German newspaper Bild say that Red Bull Leipzig will demand €80 million (£67 million) for midfielder Naby Keita. Keita has been linked with a move to join Jurgen Klopp’s team all summer and is thought to be one of the club’s top summer targets.
What would he bring to Anfield?
The 22-year-old has drawn comparisons at times to a slightly more creative version of N’Golo Kante. Tough in the tackle and often breaking up play from a deeper role, Keita is capable of playing in a holding role, a central midfield role or in a more advanced position.
Keita has also proven that he is key to the transition between defence and attack with his pace, mobility and vision. Those attributes mean that he is often the one to start moves from deep after winning the ball back.
The Guinean international also has youth on his side and will add depth in the Liverpool midfield, a position where there were few options at times last season. With such huge potential, he could be worth the investment.[interaction id=”594aacb691c674963889fd99"]
Is a move likely?
The Bundesliga team are understandably reluctant to allow their young midfielder to leave the club, but it seems possible that he could this summer. Having previously insisted that he would not be for sale, and with him now being given a £67 million price tag, Liverpool will hope that it is the first move of negotiations.
The Reds showed that they will be patient in talks over Mohamed Salah as Roma held out for their asking price, and that could be required for Keita too. Leipzig face a Champions League campaign in the coming season having only been promoted to the top flight a year ago and will want to retain their star players, but would also welcome funds to strengthen the squad.