Liverpool have been relatively quiet in the transfer market this summer, signing only Mohamed Salah from Roma, but that’s largely been down to the fact that Jurgen Klopp has his sights firmly fixed on one particular target.
Despite being told by Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig that highly-rated midfielder Naby Keita isn’t for sale, the Reds don’t seem to be getting the message and continue to try to land the African ace- and a deal is set to be very expensive.
The Daily Mirror states Liverpool recently saw a £66m rejected for the 22-year-old Guinean international, further evidence that the Bundesliga’s surprise package last season do not intend to sell, but Liverpool are set to return with another offer of £70m.
That figure would incredibly see Liverpool double the club-record £35m the Reds paid Newcastle United for Andy Carroll previously and fans will hope that Keita will enjoy a better time at Anfield than the England striker.
Liverpool’s difficulty though is that Leipzig, as mentioned, do not want to sell and the side backed by Red Bull do not have the financial need to approve a departure- especially as they secured a spot in the Champions League for the forthcoming season.
If Klopp isn’t careful, he may very well end up with egg on his face as it’s clear the prices being mentioned are significantly higher than the Reds initially wanted to spend in the market- but the fact they could still end empty-handed will see them mocked by rival fans.
Keita is available next summer for around £50m, with a buy-out clause set to become active, but Liverpool will be aware that other sides may look to take advantage in 12 months time. However, Leipzig’s refusal to do business suggests they should eye alternative recruits rather than waste everybody’s time.