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.

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.

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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