Liverpool have been chasing Naby Keïta for months now but Manchester City could foil their attempts to sign the Guinean, according to reports.

RB Leipzig have so far remained steadfast in their mission to hold onto Naby Keïta this summer despite Liverpool’s best efforts to sign the midfielder and have rejected at least two bids so far.

Olivier Mintzlaff, Red Bull’s head of soccer operations, said: “€75million is not enough to buy Keïta, he is world class.”

The way in which Mintzlaff phrased this indicates that Leipzig’s resolve has softened somewhat and Manchester City are looking to capitalise on the situation in a way that Leipzig might be open to.

According to Football Whispers’ Sam McGuire, Manchester City are willing to buy Keïta and then loan him back to the Germans for a season.

Naby Keita in action
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From Leipzig’s point of view, such an offer would be a far cry better than holding onto him for another season and then seeing him leave for £48 million next season when his release clause is activated.

Rather, if Leipzig took City up on their offer, they would keep Keïta for their first season in the Champions League and stand to make more money from the deal than if his exit clause was triggered.

The only thing standing in City’s way and working in Liverpool’s favour is the fact that Keïta wants to move to Liverpool. The 22-year-old is desperate to move to Anfield after having his head turned by Jürgen Klopp.

Naby Keita celebrates scoring a goal for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.
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Regardless of what happens with Keïta this summer, with it being my personal opinion that Liverpool won’t sign him, it is of greater importance that Virgil van Dijk arrives with central defence still an issue.

The Dutchman has been ordered to train alone by Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino while Saints train in France ahead of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

Whether or not that influences Liverpool’s chances of signing van Dijk remains to be seen but Sky Sports report that the defender is expected to be wearing Red by the end of the window.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

2 COMMENTS

  1. This makes no sense at all. Why would City sign him this season, for an obscene amount of money, to give him back to Leipzig for a season, when they could just wait a year and pick him up for 48m?!?! Yes, other teams could move for him at that price next season but City would have as good a chance at signing as anyone. You wouldn’t spend 60 or 70m on a player and leave him at the club for a season. You send that money for a starter, even in these crazy transfer window days. Complete non story.

  2. City needs a player who is a fan of city. City have rising stars at the mid field llike Phil and Sancho. Concentrate now for a centre back because kompany is injury prone. Get an experience attacker in the likes of Sanchez or why not luwandoski with the world record they are bidding for Mbappe. We need a player who can score with the head. The world will watch us. So far so Good.

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