Remember last week when we first began hearing rumours of just how much RB Leipzig’s was asking for midfield star, Naby Keïta, and how we thought that would make for a great start to negotiations? The Powers That Be reportedly agree. According to the Mirror, the Powers are more than okay with putting together another record-breaking bit for Klopp’s top choice for central midfielder.
Liverpool have apparently been interested in Keïta for a year and approached the player about a potential move last season. He didn’t feel like the time was right for a move, however. This season, a move had felt almost impossible a few weeks ago when Leipzig were insisting Keïta was absolutely not for sale, especially after Leipzig were assured of a Champions League spot that they would need all their best players to compete.
But with Leipzig now asking for £70 million — during a summer transfer window that’s been filled with promises of just how much the club is willing to spend — things are looking more positive for Liverpool. Now the real question is, will Liverpool’s opening bid, which is reportedly less than what Leipzig is looking for, be able to tip the balance in Anfield’s favour.
Keïta himself, of course, will also have to be swayed by the call of the Mersey. Last year he admitted he wanted to play for Europe’s biggest clubs, and failed to include Liverpool on that list. On the other hand, continuing to develop his game under Klopp (even if he eventually breaks all our hearts and moves to Real Madrid), is hardly an opportunity to miss out on. It seems unlikely that, should Leipzig be convinced to part with him, he would turn down a move to Liverpool.