After Liverpool had a £66 million bid for Naby Keïta rejected on Monday, Liverpool are weighing up their options before submitting another bid in excess of £70 million.
While it has been clear for some time that Leipzig are extremely unwilling to sell their best players this summer, there were indications from both German and British media that a combination of a huge transfer fee and a transfer request would convince the Bundesliga side to sell.
Furthermore, there had even been reports that suggested that some figures high up in the club felt it unwise to hold onto a player who wanted a move away.
However, the last 48 hours have really made it look increasingly difficult for Liverpool to make a deal happen for Naby Keïta.
Earlier today, Melissa Reddy reported that it’s “practically impossible” for Liverpool to overcome Leipzig’s resolve to hold onto their star players.
James Pearce is in agreement as the Echo reporter suggests that although the Reds are weighing up their options, it seems unlikely that an official transfer request from the player would help “break the deadlock unless Leipzig back down.”
Liverpool are considering whether or not to submit a bid in excess of £70m but James Pearce reports that “sources close to the club have distanced themselves from reports that Keïta’s agent has flown out to Hong Kong for talks with the Reds.”
Liverpool will continue to pursue Keïta in the hope that Leipzig’s stance changes but if that doesn’t happen soon, alternatives will need to be considered with pre-season well underway and the Premier League season edging nearer.
While Klopp always seems cool, calm and collected when quizzed about the club’s transfers, there will come a time when he and Michael Edwards need to turn to new players.
With Leipzig unlikely to be swayed in the next week, it’s very probable that Liverpool will abandon their pursuit of Naby Keïta in favour of a more affordable and available target.