Liverpool are preparing a £75 million bid for Naby Keïta in what is likely to be the Reds’ third and final offer, writes Miguel Delaney.
RB Leipzig have rejected two bids from Liverpool already worth £57 million and £66 million respectively.
The Germans are hell bent on hanging onto their star man but a ridiculous bid worth £75 million could persuade them to let Keïta leave.
Miguel Delaney writes, “Liverpool are planning a third bid of £75m, with £40m to be paid up front, for RB Leipzig’s Naby Keïta, in what is likely to be a final offer.”
The Independent’s chief football writer indicates that Liverpool are confident that their offer will finally be enough to prise Keïta from Leipzig’s tight grasp.
Delaney reports that Leipzig could be persuaded to sell Keïta purely due to it making good business sense.
Even though the Red Bull-backed side aren’t strapped for cash, a £75 million bid for the player would represent “a 56% mark-up on a player they are almost certain to eventually lose.”
Leipzig have been impressively steadfast in their resolve to hold onto to Keïta and while it’s a stance Liverpool can respect with Barcelona chasing Philippe Coutinho, the Reds will hope the German side give in to the pressure.
Signing Naby Keïta is important for Liverpool in order to increase the quality and competition for places in the squad ahead of a Champions League season.
Signing Keïta isn’t as important to Liverpool as securing the signature of Southampton’s wantaway defender Virgil van Dijk.
The Anfield outfit’s issues at the back cry out for a replacement for Dejan Lovren and failing to sign van Dijk or an alternative would certainly be a big shortfall this summer.
According to Adam Leitch of the Daily Echo, van Dijk has been ordered to train alone after telling Southampton he wants to leave the club this summer.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Dutchman will get his move to Liverpool but the signs are promising if not overly indicative of anything concrete.