Liverpool Football Club are set to test the resolve of German club RB Leipzig with an initial bid for midfielder Naby Keïta.
The Mirror claim today that Liverpool are keen to enter talks with Guinean midfielder Naby Keïta over a potential transfer to Merseyside this summer and that the club will make an initial bid to “test Leipzig’s resolve.”
The Red Bull-owned club have already stated they do not want to sell the player with club CEO Oliver Mintzlaff saying it would be “negligent,” for the club to sell their best players ahead of a maiden Champions League campaign.
Keïta does have a release clause in his contract of £48m but it doesn’t kick in until next summer and Jürgen Klopp is said to be keen to get a deal over the line this window to avoid competition from the likes of Bayern Munich.
While fresh reports come from today’s article in the Mirror, numerous other sources have also reported that Keïta is indeed Klopp’s first choice midfield target this summer and Liverpool ECHO journalist James Pearce yesterday revealed that there is no known alternative to the Leipzig man on Klopp’s radar as of yet.
Keïta recently gave eager Reds fans hope of a move materialising by telling German publication Welt: “I love Leipzig and I will never forget this city.”
While it could just be a profession of his willingness to stay and his gratefulness for the club, others have interpreted it as cryptically hinting he may leave this summer for pastures new. Who doesn’t love a good transfer theory?
What do you think? Will Naby Keïta be donning Liverpool Red in 2017/18 or will Leipzig stand firm on the player?