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Liverpool ready to sell Naby Keita say claims from Guinea

Liverpool are ready to sell Naby Keita, according to reports in Guinea. Three clubs could soon make a move.

This comes from Guinean journalist Sega Diallo. He claims that Liverpool could sell Naby Keita this summer as three sides line up.

Both Crystal Palace and Leicester City are very interested, apparently. Atletico Madrid, too, will continue to monitor the situation should Liverpool set a reasonable price.

The Reds ‘wouldn’t be against’ selling Keita, suggesting they’d want a decent deal to let him go. The option is very much there, however, as we head into the transfer window.

Liverpool to sell Keita?

Not exactly the strongest source in the world for the comings and going of Liverpool but not the worst, either. If Keita or his agents are aware of the situation, it’s very possible for the new to get out.

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But how likely is it?

We’ll say right away that the only way Palace are getting Keita is on loan. We don’t see how they could possibly front enough money to get him – we’re also not sure why Keita would move there.

After all, if Atletico have any interest at all, they’re going to entice a player over Palace.

There’s little doubt that Atletico would be a fantastic move for Keita, too. It would depend on the price, however.

Leicester are the most interesting side here, though. They may well have Champions League money for next season and Keita would be a big signing for them. A risky one, given his injury record, but certainly an exciting prospect.

Which brings us to how Liverpool might see this one. Keita is still that – a prospect. He was supposed to be a star player in their midfield by now but fitness issues and poor performances prevented that.

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Keita is now 26 and in his prime. Usually, that would necessitate a sale as you could see the player won’t improve. But we know Keita can improve – he played superbly for RB Leipzig and hasn’t hit those heights at Anfield.

All he needs is to click and Liverpool have a wonderful midfielder on their hands. We’ve seen glimpses of it, too – just nothing consistent.

So we imagine this comes down to two factors. Firstly, how likely Liverpool think it is that Keita comes good next season.

Secondly, how much money they can get for him. That’s the most important factor, of course, and until we see some figures, it’s hard to tell how likely it all is.

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