If Sadio Mané’s transfer to Southampton back in 2014 is anything to go by, LFC may struggle to get a deal for Naby Keïta across the line quickly.

Liverpool may have to wait a lot longer to get a deal for Naby Keïta across the line than they’d have hoped, wrote Jack Austin of the Independent last night.

Austin believes that if Sadio Mané’s transfer from RB Salzburg to Southampton in 2014 is anything to go by, the Reds may even be forced to negotiate right up until the final day of the summer window.

Liepzig have already freshly addressed speculation over Keïta’s future, with CEO Oliver Mintzlaff dismissing the rumours as “boring” but Austin claims Liverpool are still very confident of signing the player this summer.

He does however, feel that patience will be the Reds’ biggest ally when negotiating with Red Bull fronted club.

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Austin reveals that Leipzig’s current sporting director Ralf Rangnick was sporting director of Salzburg back in 2014 when Mané pressed for a move and despite maintaining the entire summer that the Senegalese was going nowhere, a final day deal with Southampton was eventually brokered.

Mind you, Mané had refused to play for the club by this point, submitting a transfer request in the form of a protest and it remains to be seen whether Keïta would be willing to take such action.

Austin claims that most players are “reluctant” to hand in transfer requests as it negates any chance of loyalty payments but he sees it as the only sure-fire way that Keïta will be able to get his Liverpool move this summer.

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Also at the centre of the move was Bjorn Bezemer, Sadio Mané’s agent who also represents a certain Guinean midfielder currently plying his trade for Leipzig.

Austin finishes by claiming it’s a positive for the Reds to be in the knowledge that the agent “knows how to force through a move against Rangnick’s will,” if that is what it comes to.

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