Naby Keita pushes for LFC move
We understand that Naby Keita and his representatives have met up with RB Leipzig twice this week to express his urge to join Liverpool.
— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) July 5, 2017
The ball is now in Leipzig’s court, who will decide in the coming days if they will reluctantly oblige to Keita’s wishes.
The Guinea international has been offered a £130,000-a-week contract with The Reds if the deal breaks through.
A few months ago RB Leipzig claimed that Keita “is not for sale” at any price this summer. Sporting director Ralf Rangnick had this to say back in March regarding Keita:
“Naby’s an extraordinary player who could play in any top European team,”
“[He has] no release clause in his contract [and] he’s still under contract for a long time yet.
“If we qualify for Europe, there’s also no reason why Naby shouldn’t play for us next season.
“I don’t know if he’ll play for us for three or four more years.
“No one knows—we can’t all look into a crystal ball. But I think it’s very likely he’ll play for us next season.”
Despite this, their heads may be turned as Liverpool plan a record deal that could rise to £70m for the player – which would break the Bundesliga record for the most expensive player to exit Germany’s top flight.
Do his stats do him justice?
Keita was extremely influential for RB Leipzig last Season, being voted as the second best Bundesliga player for 2016/17, only behind Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski.
8 goals and 7 assists in 31 games doesn’t quite sum up the box-to-box midfielder; he offers a lot more.
Only Ousmane Dembélé (103) completed more dribbles than Keïta (83) in the Bundesliga last season, while only Nabil Bentaleb (nine) played more accurate through balls than Keita (seven). Keïta won possession in the midfield third 37 more times (180) than any other Bundesliga player last season.
Its no wonder that Jurgen Klopp is a keen admirer of the versatile midfielder who played in defensive and more advanced roles for Leipzig last season. The flexibility he offers is valuable and he will provide stiff competition for LFC’s current midfielders, Lallana, Wijnaldum, Can and Henderson.