Liverpool & Naby Keita
It’s happened. It’s actually happened.
After what feels like an eternity of rumours linking Liverpool with RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, and after several bids have been rejects by the Bundesliga side, the Reds have finally tabled an offer which could force the Germans to sell.
It’s been confirmed by RB Leipzig that Liverpool have offered €75 million for Keita.
Earlier this week, Jurgen Klopp seemed to reveal Liverpool’s intent in signing the box-to-box midfielder.
Liverpool, according to German news outlet Kicker, had previously offered 68 million euros for Keita. And, they are willing to go up to 80 million euros. A fee which would smash their transfer record.
Klopp also discussed the negotiations as follows: “They [Leipzig] say ‘Find another car in a different color,’ but you say ‘Thank you, but I want this.’”
Klopp continued with the car analogy: “You see the car you’ve been dreaming of all your life, you say ‘Here’s the money’, but they tell you ‘I do not want to sell the car.’” You say ‘But I have the money!’, But they say ‘I do not want to sell’.”
The big news in Sport Bild on Wednesday is that Liverpool have now upped their offer for Keita to €75m.
Will it prove successful? That’s highly unlikely, as RB Leipzig owner Dietrich Mateschitz, who confirmed the sum of the bid, told Bild:
Lately we got a €75m offer for Naby Keita. No way! He has a contract and he will accomplish it.
To sell him would not only be a proof of distrust to our fans but also the wrong sign for our players like Timo Werner, who is in demand too.
It’s worth noting that RB Leipzig have continuously stated that Keita is not for sale this summer.
The German club are also backed by Austrian multinational company Red Bull, which means they are free from many of the financial constraints which affect their competition.