RB Leipzig correspondent believes there’s no way that Naby Keita will join Liverpool this summer but a move could be on the cards next year.
Rumours of Liverpool’s interest in RB Leipzig’s midfielder Naby Keita have been ongoing for many weeks now. The move appears no closer to completion though and according to Kicker’s Leipzig correspondent, Oliver Hartmann, it may not go through at all.
Hartmann spoke to the Liverpool Echo about the potential of Keita moving to Anfield. He said that there’s ‘no way’ Keita will join Liverpool this summer. That would surely come as a big blow for Jürgen Klopp who has made Keita his number one midfield target.
Hartmann went on to give his reasoning for Leipzig’s refusal to sell:
“[Leipzig] will not sell any major player this summer…Keita can leave next year for approximately 55million Euros”
Liverpool are prepared to bid £50m for Keita but it appears that Leipzig would rather keep him for one more year. Leipzig are demanding £70m for Keita this summer. In the summer of 2018 Liverpool will be able to activate Keita’s release clause of €55m (£48m).
Hartmann also stated that Bayern Munich would be interested in Keita next summer so Liverpool may face stern competition. That is no surprise when Kicker voted him as the best central midfielder in the Bundesliga last season.
There would also be absolutely no gamble in signing Keita claims Hartmann. Despite only one season of top flight football he believes that Keita would be well suited to Premier League football.