According to Ed Aarons of The Guardian, Naby Keïta has refused a new contract and has indicated his desire to leave if the club’s valuation of him is met.
With Mohamed Salah’s £36.9m move to Liverpool wrapped up, Jürgen Klopp has turned his attention to RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keïta.
The Guinean was one of the standout midfielders in the whole of Europe last season and is a hot commodity in the transfer market.
After entering into talks with Leipzig at the end of last season, Keïta has indicated his desire to leave this summer should the club’s valuation be met.
Ed Aarons reports that although sporting director Ralf Rangnick and chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff insisted that none of the club’s key players would be sold, Keïta is available for £70m after joining for £10m last year.
Just last week, Mintzlaff said, “It would be negligent to give away one of our key players now.”
Despite that, it looks as though these developments indicate some sort of change in mentality within the Leipzig camp.
That, or these reports are wide of the mark and Leipzig are still unwilling to part with their prized asset.
Liverpool are considering a £50m move for Keïta despite RB Leipzig demanding £70m. The 22-year-old is a player that would represent great business for Liverpool if signed but it doesn’t appear as though this is a deal which will be completed with any ease.
Adding Keïta to his midfield would be a statement of great intent from Jürgen Klopp despite just signing Mohamed Salah from AS Roma for £36.9 million plus add-ons.
Keïta is a player that is able to fulfil a number of roles in midfield and in attack which is of great appeal to Klopp. It will be a matter of time before it is revealed whether there is any great truth to these reports but one can only hope for now.