Just how much is Naby Keita worth? The Guinean is reportedly available for transfer.
ESPN reports that Naby Keita is available for transfer but what is he worth? The report claims Liverpool would sell the 26-year-old at the right price, though it’s unclear what that is.
Liverpool know they must sell players in order to improve their squad – without sales, there won’t be any buys. But they’ll only give up the likes of Keita for the right price.
Let’s try and figure out what the price could be.
Why is Keita up for sale?
Keita is entering year four of his Liverpool career but we’ve never seen the best of him.
Perhaps that’s harsh – we’ve seen it on occasion. There have been flashes here and there of what Keita is capable of and sometimes it looks absolutely brilliant.
It’s always just ‘here and there’, though. Maybe once or twice a season and that’s just not enough after three full campaigns.
It makes you wonder if Keita is ever going to fully click. Is he someone who can carve out a place in the next Liverpool team? Right now, he’s nowhere near reliable.
Keita is still on his original contract, too. As he’s entering year four, he’ll only have one more after that. This, then, is the final year where Liverpool can command a high-ish fee.
Next year will carry the threat of Keita leaving for nothing in 2023 and his price will tank accordingly. If Liverpool want to cash-in, it has to be now.
So what is Keita worth?
This is a really difficult one to answer. Keita has not played consistently well for Liverpool and there’s no way he’s worth the £53m initially paid.
At the same time, Keita has his spell with RB Leipzig that shows he can be an elite player when things click. That keeps him well above the £20m mark given he’s still only 26.
£40m feels too high, though. Liverpool paid that for Diogo Jota who was three years younger and on the up.
But £30m might be a push, too. Atletico Madrid just paid that for Rodrigo De Paul, who just had a fantastic season in Serie A. It’s hard to see how Keita could match his value.
There’s also another factor to consider – could Liverpool replace him for £20m – £25m? We’re not sure and if they can’t, any sale is pointless.
So we think Liverpool would hope for over £28m. That seems reasonable to us, all things considered.
The big question, though, is whether anyone would pay that.