Despite having a monstrous £66 million bid for Naby Keïta rejected on Monday, Liverpool are unprepared to give up on their primary transfer target.
RB Leipzig frustrated Liverpool once again in their patient pursuit of Naby Keïta after they rejected the Reds’ Bundesliga record bid of £66 million (€75m).
The bid formally tabled by the Merseysiders would match the record set when “Manchester City paid Wolfsburg for Kevin De Bruyne in 2015.” Yet despite the German club’s latest effort to foil Liverpool’s attempts to sign Keïta, the Reds remain patient in their resolve.
Liverpool are unprepared to give up on their primary transfer target, according to Melissa Reddy.
RB Leipzig are adamant that their prized asset will remain in Germany for the 2017/18 season and owner Dietrich Mateschitz says there is “no way” Keïta will leave this summer.
Reddy writes, “This has been communicated to the 22-year-old, who has been advised to abandon his desire to move to Anfield for now.”
On Tuesday, after Liverpool reportedly contacted Leipzig to reiterate their desire to sign Keïta, the Reds were turned away once more.
Klopp is loathe to turn to alternatives, saying: “We want to have the right things and not just do something.” That being said, the German admitted finding alternatives “is more likely than doing nothing” in the window.
With Klopp unprepared to give up on Keïta, the expectation is that Liverpool will bid once more for the Guinean international but may need to turn to suitable alternatives if RB Leipzig continue to frustrate them.
Keïta, along with Virgil van Dijk, sits at the very top of Liverpool’s summer shopping list and Klopp will do anything he can to sign his man this summer.
The transfer window still has a good month and a half to go which gives Liverpool enough time to get their business done.