Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

RB Leipzig want £70m for midfielder but Liverpool handed encouragement

Liverpool told to pay £70.4m to sign quality Bundesliga star Will Keita join Liverpool
Damon Campbell | 28 June, 2017, 02:28

His form attracted the attention of Jurgen Klopp, as per The Guardian, and he has emerged as a key target for the German tactician as he looks to bolster his squad this summer.

RB Leipzig have slapped a £70.4million price tag on the head of Naby Keita in another attempt to scare off Liverpool.

However, BILD also believes that the Reds are unlikely to spend that much, and therefore, Keita will remain with Leipzig for at least one more season.

The £70.4 million asking price was created to ward Liverpool off, but soon after, the Bundesliga runners-up face trying to get the best fee possible for a player that no longer wants to remain at the club.

A frustrating thorn has been uncovered amid the growing optimism amongst Liverpool supporters that a deal can be agreed to bring Naby Keita to Anfield this summer.

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Keita's current deal at RB Leipzig runs until the summer of 2020 but the 22-year-old has refused to commit to a new contract, offering Liverpool encouragement that they could sign him.

He is an energetic, dynamic, box-to-box midfielder in the similar mould to the likes of N'Golo Kante and Idrissa Gueye, making 31 Bundesliga appearances, scoring eight goals for the club last season.

It is unclear if this price is therefore a message to Liverpool to keep their hands off - or whether it is a starting price in negotiations.

Meanwhile, the pursuit of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is ongoing despite the threat of a Premier League charge for an alleged illegal approach by the Premier League side.

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