Liverpool target Naby Keïta has told current club RB Leipzig that he wants a move to Merseyside this summer but is unwilling to rock the boat. 

Good news and bad news today in regards to Liverpool midfield target Naby Keïta.

Reports from various Guinean journalists are today unanimous in their belief that Naby Keïta has met with RB Leipzig representatives and told them of his desire to leave the club.

The box-to-box midfielder is said to have his heart set on a move to the Reds but in what could be a crucial decision, “will not spit on Leipzig,” or in other words, will not hand in a transfer request to force a move through.

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Amadou Makadji of foot224, who was interviewed by the Liverpool ECHO just two days ago, revealed that Keïta has indeed met with Leipzig to discuss his future and the club will now deliberate over whether or not to sell the player.

Makadji tweeted the following:

“At the last meeting that took place on Wednesday, Naby accompanied by its representatives, reiterated his desire to join the Reds.*”

“The ball is now in the court of the German club, which will decide in the coming days if he wants to sell or not.*”


Meanwhile, fellow journalist Sega Diallo has also been weighing in on the situation.

Diallo shares the belief that the 22-year-old wishes to move to Anfield but will not “spit” on his current club, preferring to let the two parties come to an agreement if he is allowed to move.

“As much as Naby Keïta has clearly expressed his willingness to join Liverpool, he will not spit on Leipzig.”

Diallo also reveals that Liverpool should not be fearing rejection from Leipzig, so much as they should be worried about a larger offer coming in from German powerhouse Bayern Munich who are also known admirers of the Guinean.

“What Liverpool must fear the MOST is less a rejection of Leipzig than a bigger offer from a rival such as Bayern.*”

The news that Keïta is practically set on a move to the Reds will come as a huge positive for the club but it was previously thought that the Guinean handing in a transfer request could be a huge power play in ensuring the move gets done.

Without one, Leipzig remain firmly in the driver’s seat and Liverpool continue to face an uphill battle but with the club already having missed the boat on signing Virgil van Dijk, Jürgen Klopp will be desperately hoping to get this deal across the line.

*All tweets translated via Google translate to English. Translations may not be exact. 

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