Liverpool fans everywhere are rightfully buzzing about the potential to bring Naby Keita to Liverpool early, but as of now, it appears as if no deal has been completed. According to one of the top Liverpool-connected journalists, James Pearce, the two sides are conducting meetings over Keita, but the recent flurry of news out of Germany appears to be slightly premature.
The two sporting directors, Michael Edwards and Ralph Rangnick, of Liverpool and RB Leipzig, respectively, are holding meetings, according to Pearce. That much can be considered good news, although Rangnick showed over the summer how difficult he could be in negotiations.
Leipzig face-off against Schalke this afternoon. A win would catapult Leipzig to second place in a crowded Bundesliga, with second through eleventh separated by only 7 points right now. The speculation in Germany is that this could be Keita’s last game for Leipzig. If, on the other hand, he is held out of the side, it would likely send the rumor mongers into overdrive.
The rumors from reliable journalists in Germany, along with the registration of a new company “NK8 Limited” in London by the Guinea international, indicates that a move this month is growing increasingly likely. That we have confirmation from our club-connected journalists that these meetings are taking place shows just how serious Liverpool are pursuing this talented midfielder.
Because of the important match, it is unlikely that we find out much more today. However, some rumors indicate that Keita could be Anfield-bound as early as tomorrow. Stay tuned.