Liverpool have been told that RB Leipzig will sell Naby Keïta for the right price this summer and a new mega-money bid will be submitted this week.
The plot continues to thicken in the Reds pursuit of Guinean midfielder Naby Keïta. You might want to strap yourselves in as this could well represent a mammoth breakthrough.
The Reds’ interest in the Leipzig midfielder has been well documented this summer and it seems as if it could finally be coming to a head.
Ralf Rangnick, the Sporting Director at RB Leipzig – and the main obstacle for Liverpool to navigate in their pursuit of the £70m man – has jetted off on holiday and now despite his claims that there would be no amount of money that would test the German club’s “pain threshold”, it seems a deal is finally close to being agreed.
In what seems a desperate final attempt to save-face, Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhüttl did give an interview with Kicker this week, in which he still claims adamantly that the player is comfortable at Leipzig and will not be going anywhere.
“It is a huge compliment for us that we have aroused such desires,” says Hasenhüttl.
“But it is not the purpose and purpose of our journey to let our players get their first offer.
“Our goal is to become a large and well-established club, and that is what we have done this summer, a significant step.”
Of course, these quotes tell us absolutely nothing we didn’t already know about Leipzig’s public stance and positively for Liverpool, Sky Sports have now seemingly confirmed previous reports that the club’s public and private opinions are very, very different.
“We are expecting some progress on Naby Keïta to Liverpool,” said Solhekol.
“Liverpool flew to Hong Kong yesterday but (there is) no let up in their efforts to try and sign Naby Keïta. We are expecting them to make a second bid for the RB Leipzig midfielder.
“Keïta has told Leipzig he wants to leave, he’s told them he wants to move to Liverpool. A £57million offer has been rejected but senior figures at Leipzig now want to sell Keïta. A Liverpool bid of more than £60million should be on its way this week.”
With Leipzig’s stance having completely softened, the player as keen as it gets on a move to Anfield and Liverpool seemingly willing to part with whatever money it takes to get the deal over the line, this one could end up a done deal very soon.