Player To Force Move As Liverpool Prepare New Bid After Seeing £57m Offer Rejected
Naby Keita is due to hold further talks with RB Leipzig where he’ll look to push through a move to Liverpool after their opening £57m bid was rejected
Managers are now pressing ahead with their plans for the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Today, more on Liverpool’s pursuit of Naby Keita…
Naby Keita is due to hold further talks with RB Leipzig where he’ll look to push through a move to Liverpool after the Merseysiders opening £57m bid was rejected, according to Goal.
Jurgen Klopp has already snapped-up Mo Salah and Dominic Solanke but he’s looking to further strengthen his squad ahead of their return to the Champions League and a dynamic central midfielder is on the agenda.
Keita has been widely touted as Klopp’s prime target but Liverpool have so far been frustrated in their pursuit with Goal claiming they had an opening £57m bid knocked back by Leipzig.
The Bundesliga outfit are playing hardball with sporting director Ralf Rangnick insisting they aren’t interested in selling the midfielder at any price this summer but it looks like Keita remains keen on forcing a move to Anfield.
Goal claim the 22-year-old is due to hold further talks with Leipzig where he’ll reiterate his desire to join Liverpool and his determination to move to England has strengthened Klopp’s resolve to get a deal over the line.
The report also says that despite Leipzig’s public insistence Keita isn’t for sale, behind the scene’s their stance is said to be softening with those within the club coming round to the idea of cashing-in.
Liverpool are going to have to wait and see what happens following the talks between Leipzip officials and Keita but Goal say the Merseysiders are ready to submit an improved offer if they are given any indication the German’s are now willing to discuss a deal.
It’s going to be an interesting few weeks but there is no doubt Keita would be a superb signing if Liverpool manage to get a deal agreed for the midfielder this summer.
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The Guinea international has developed in to one of the best all-round midfielders in Europe since joining Leipzig from Red Bull Salzburg in 2016 and he chipped in with 8 goals and 8 assists to help the club finish second in the Bundesliga behind Bayern Munich last season.