Naby Keïta might yet get his move to Liverpool as the Reds aim to increase their bid for the Guinean next week and could offer as much as £65 million to RB Leipzig for his services.
Late last night, The Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce revealed that the Reds would be increasing their bid for Keïta, are close to signing Andrew Robertson and that Lucas Leiva is on the verge of leaving the club after 10 years of dedication.
On the Anfield outfit’s interest in Keïta, Pearce revealed that despite having a huge £57 million bid rejected by RB Leipzig last week, Liverpool are to return early this coming week with an improved offer in the region of £65 million (€75m).
Pearce writes, “The Guinea midfielder is desperate to sign for Liverpool and has urged Leipzig to grant him his dream move to Anfield.”
There is no doubt that signing Keïta would prove to be one of the best signings of the window as the 22-year-old has no ceiling on his potential and will be among the top midfielders in the world in just a few years.
Despite Keïta not certain to sign even at this point, Liverpool are hell bent on signing the Bundesliga dynamo.
We have seen in the past that Liverpool have placed all their eggs in one basket only for none of them to hatch in time, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez snubbing the Reds and Mario Balotelli joining the club instead.
Yet, this situation doesn’t seem to reek of the incompetence that every Brendan Rodgers signing did. With Klopp leading the charge on the transfer front, players want to join and this is a massive difference.
Convincing the likes of Virgil van Dijk that Liverpool is a better proposition than league champions Chelsea and the stinking rich Manchester City is a perfect example of why Klopp is so good in the transfer market.
If Keïta signs for Liverpool, it’s likely that he’ll get the hallowed no.8 jersey which has been treated with care since Steven Gerrard retired.
Despite the legendary midfielder being the type of player you retire a kit number for, Keïta is the perfect player to bring the number back into rotation.
For now, however, talk of kit numbers is irrelevant. Let’s wait until he signs and then we can chat about such things.