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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Still In Hot Pursuit Of Naby Keita

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The midfielder is expected to meet with Leipzig’s higher ups to potentially put a move into motion.

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Preseason is literally around the corner, the transfer window officially open. Jürgen Klopp and the boys are set to return to Melwood this week and with that comes news that the boss is ready to increase efforts in securing Guinean midfielder Naby Keita.

Paul Joyce at the The Times is reporting that Klopp has told the Red higher ups to finalize the deal as soon as possible. Liverpool is expecting to make contact with RB Leipzig over the midfielder, to test their assertion that Keita is not for sale.

While previous offers have been refused, especially with Keita now valued at somewhere near £70 million, Liverpool are expected to make a more inclusive pitch for Keita. The new pitch is expected include add-ons and a £130,000 a week salary, that will help reach that threshold, rather than offer a number that will be immediately rejected.

The new approach serves to exhibit just how much Liverpool want Keita and how far they are willing to go to get him. While recent new signing Mohamed Salah broke the previous Anfield signing record, Klopp is expected to blow that number out of the water with Keita.

Leipzig have maintained that Keita won’t be allowed to leave the club after one year, but the player is set to meet with his club’s higher ups, including chairman Oliver Metzlaff, to hopefully put the move to Merseyside into motion.

While this looks more on the “possibly happening” scale than “definitely not happening”, its worth noting that it could change at any moment. Keep an eye out, Reds.