Opinion: Liverpool can use reported Naby Keita interest to pursue swap

There’s reportedly interest in Naby Keita right now from Atletico Madrid. We wonder if Liverpool could use it to pursue an intriguing swap deal.

AS claims Naby Keita has offered himself to Atletico Madrid after interest from clubs. They say Keita wants out of Liverpool and sees Spain as a potential destination.

It’s not the first link to Atletico, either. Sega Diallo, a Guinean journalist, claimed this week that the Spaniards wanted Keita. He says Liverpool are open to it, too.

That’s something that wouldn’t shock us. We think it’s possible Keita has played his final Liverpool game, especially as he won’t face Crystal Palace tomorrow.

As for an Atletico perspective, it sounds like they might be open to it, too. The AS report says they’ll have space in midfield as Lucas Torreira will leave and Saul Niguez has an uncertain future.

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And we think the latter of those could present an opportunity.

Liverpool can use Naby Keita interest

AS claimed two months ago that Saul wanted to leave Atletico. They’d want at least £30m to let him go, though – but the opportunity is there.

That prompted us to wonder if Liverpool should get involved. Saul could be an ideal fit to replace Gini Wijnaldum’s role in the squad.

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After all, he’s a proven winner who’s versatile enough to play that left centre-midfield role perfectly. The Reds might not find someone more ideal than Saul to step into the side.

But money will be tight this summer, of course. There’s been a season without fans and Liverpool will want to work deals where they can.

You have to go back a while but there is previous between the two clubs. Liverpool signed Fernando Torres from Atletico back in 2007 and also organised a deal that sent Luis Garcia the other way.

And perhaps this is an opportunity. Liverpool could swap out a player who, reportedly, doesn’t want to be there for someone who might be an ideal fit.

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