Liverpool’s interest in RB Leipzig’s Naby Keïta has taken a hit as the Bundesliga side’s chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff has said RBL won’t sell any of their top players and has called the subject “boring.”
Next week Wednesday, Liverpool will kick off their pre-season programme with a friendly against locals Tranmere Rovers.
With Jürgen Klopp back at Melwood for pre-season training, Liverpool are looking to step up their interest in key targets with Leipzig’s Keïta top of the list.
Yet, in bad news for the Reds, Leipzig’s chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff told Sportbuzzer that the Germans don’t intend on selling either of Naby Keïta or Emil Forsberg and labelled speculation on their futures as boring.
When he was asked whether Leipzig were “immune” to offers for Forsberg and Keïta, Mintzlaff responded saying; “Yes. And that topic is boring.”
RBL’s chief executive believes the club’s 2017/18 season will be a successful one “when it’s free from worry” and added: “It’s only our second Bundesliga season, our squad’s still the youngest and most likely also the most inexperienced.
“Sure, it would be great to start where we left off. It’s an advantage that there’s no upheaval.”
Despite constant speculation over key players’ futures, Leipzig have maintained that they won’t sell any of their stars and this hardball stance will make it difficult for Liverpool to negotiate a deal for Keïta.
Klopp is said to be willing to pay whatever it takes to sign Keïta, with the hugely talented Guinean of the utmost importance to his plans for the 2017/18 season.
There haven’t been any reported alternatives as the German seems determined to land his man, or conversely, unprepared to miss out on another top target.