Liverpool & Naby Keita
Here we go again. Another day, another set of Naby Keita updates.
The background to the story remains the same.
Liverpool have been trying to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita all summer, however the German club have been steadfast in their decision to retain the Guinean star.
The Sunday Mirror reported last weekend that Liverpool are willing to smash their transfer record for Keita, but Leipzig are asking for a huge amount of money, circa 70 million pounds.
The move is also complicated by the fact that Keita has a release clause in his RB Leipzig contract, of just under 50 million pounds, but it only goes into effect next summer.
‘Comfortable’ Keita problem
The Bundesliga club are, of course, backed by Austrian multinational company Red Bull, and thus there are free from many of the constraints which affect their rivals.
Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has spoken to German news outlet Kicker about Keita’s next move, and he’s said the following:
You can tell them (the interested clubs) that they feel very comfortable and look forward to the new season.
It is a huge compliment for us that we have aroused such desires. But it is not the purpose and purpose of our journey to let our players get their first offer.
Our goal is to become a large and established club, and that is what we have done this summer, a significant step towards it.
So will Liverpool get the deal done?
It continues to seem unlikely.