Ralf Rangnick has admitted that Naby Keïta is unlikely to sign a new contract with RB Leipzig with Liverpool hopeful of triggering the £48 million release clause in his current deal next summer.
Liverpool won’t be signing Leipzig dynamo Naby Keïta this summer after they were rejected over and over by the German club.
The Reds have accepted that in order to sign Keïta at all, they will need to wait until next summer. Funnily, enough it will work out to be a better deal than the second £66 million bid Liverpool had rejected by Leipzig.
After another season of development in the Bundesliga and for the first time, in the Champions League, the 22-year-old will finally be able to sign for Liverpool next summer – and for just £48 million.
Due to a release clause in his contract, the Guinean can leave next summer if a club submits a bid that meets that value and you can bet your house that Liverpool will.
Ralf Rangnick has even confirmed that RB Leipzig aren’t expecting to renegotiate Keïta’s contract.
“I am not currently assuming that we will be able to extend his contract prematurely,” Rangnick told Sport Bild.
“I can assure you that Naby is playing with us this season. All other scenarios also depend on how we do this season, how Naby plays himself and so on.”
With Keïta staying put at RB Leipzig for another year and Leipzig not expecting to extend his contract or remove the clause which will see him leave for £48 million next summer, Liverpool will look to capitalise on the situation and sign the player in 12 month’s time.
But Rangnick is certain that the midfielder is going nowhere this month and has publicly reiterated the club’s stance on the matter.
“It does not matter at all whether it’s 75million or 100 million Euros. We have not developed for five years so that we can lose one of our best players in the first Champions League year,” he added.
“That would make no sense. We want to be successful in sports.”