There have been contrasting reports with regards to Naby Keïta and his ability to leave RB Leipzig this summer while we have confirmation that Everton have not submitted a £65 million bid for Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool want Naby Keïta and Naby Keïta wants Liverpool but RB Leipzig are adamant that their prized asset will not be leaving this summer.
Yesterday, Paul Joyce reported that no amount of money would be enough to convince the Red Bull-backed side to part ways with Keïta.
And today, Ralf Rangnick – Leipzig’s sporting director – once again rubbished talk that Keïta will leave this summer for any fee.
“There are no players in our squad who have an exit clause,” Rangnick said at a press briefing.
“I will repeat it one more time, we will not sell any of our key players. There are a lot of reports about there being a certain figure where we could be open to a sale, but they are all false.
“We are not selling anyone even if we are talking about a three-figure transfer fee and the players know that.
“I have already said that before and nothing has changed in that aspect.”
Yet despite the seemingly final stance that Rangnick has adopted, Guinean journo Sega Diallo has been vocal in his confidence that Keïta will move to Liverpool this summer.
He even tweeted last night that Leipzig’s president told Keïta that he would be allowed to leave the club and the Guinean journalist added that he wouldn’t remain with the Bundesliga outfit.
It certainly remains to be seen whether or not there is indeed a conflict of interest within the Leipzig hierarchy or if Diallo’s reports are unreliable.
Elsewhere, the Liverpool Echo confirm that Everton have not bid £65 million for Virgil van Dijk.
Despite a complete meltdown on Twitter from Liverpool supporters, there has been no bid from the Reds’ city rivals for van Dijk.
For the Echo, Kristian Walsh writes, “Speculation has increased on the Southampton centre-back heading to Goodison this summer after bookmakers slashed the odds on him reuniting with Ronald Koeman on Merseyside.”
Everton aren’t planning on signing van Dijk and the Dutchman won’t be reunited with compatriot Ronald Koeman.
Virgil van Dijk returned to training this week for Southampton and it doesn’t look likely that Liverpool will sign the former Celtic defender after their public apology to the Saints for “tapping up” van Dijk.
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