In order to get his move to Liverpool this summer, Naby Keïta will need to submit a transfer request as RB Leipzig have formally told the Merseyside club he is not for sale, writes Paul Joyce.
It is well-known that Naby Keïta is one of Liverpool’s primary transfer targets this summer but another matter which is of public knowledge is the fact that the Guinean is not for sale.
RB Leipzig have maintained that they won’t sell their key players this summer regardless of the bids submitted for their star player.
Paul Joyce today writes, “Naby Keïta will have to force his way out of Red Bull Leipzig after the German club officially informed Liverpool that the player is not for sale.”
This is both good and bad news for Liverpool as it means that there is a huge possibility that Keïta could join the Anfield outfit this summer but only if he submits a transfer request to Leipzig.
Liverpool were contacted yesterday by Leipzig and told that Keïta is not for sale, says Joyce. The German side are keen on keeping their best players this summer as they look to challenge domestically and in Europe next season.
Keïta is due to report back for training today and the only way he will get a move to Liverpool will be if he hands in a transfer request.
Jürgen Klopp is determined to sign Keïta and he is backed by FSG with the club ready to pay £70 million to sign their man and smash both the club’s and the Bundesliga’s transfer record.
Last night, Liverpool beat Tranmere Rovers 4-0 in their first pre-season run-out but if Keïta is to join the Reds for any part of their pre-season programme, a move will need to be finalised as soon as possible.
Klopp will take his side to Hong Kong next week as the Reds compete in the Premier League Asia Trophy and with Sadio Mané likely to miss out on the Asia leg of Liverpool’s tour due to a need to recover from his knee injury, it doesn’t look likely that a deal for Keïta will be wrapped up in time.
The Guinean midfielder, who apparently wants the no.8 jersey at Liverpool, will add so much to Klopp’s side with his incredible speed in transition and ability to read the game perfect for the Reds.
It remains to be seen if the player will force a move through and eventually sign for Liverpool or if he’ll be content to stay at RB Leipzig for another season.