Liverpool to Make Improved Naby Keïta Bid

15 Juillet, 2017, 17:38 | Auteur: Gabriel Abbadie
  • Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has identified the midfielder as a key target this summer

Keita is desperate to join the Reds, encouraged throughout by talk of the club from fellow Arena11Sports client, Sadio Mane: the Liverpool attacker has settled into life on Merseyside quickly and has convinced Keita that he could do the same.

The Liverpool Echo report the Reds have not been deterred after an initial huge bid of £57million was rejected by the Bundesliga side last week.

Should Liverpool agree to pay RB Leipzig's current valuation of £70m, it would mean that Keita would become the sixth biggest transfer ever.

Naby can operate as a defensive midfielder, creative central midfielder and also a productive attacking midfielder.

But The Times claim Liverpool must now splash out even more cash if they are to land Keita.

Yet, this situation doesn't seem to reek of the incompetence that every Brendan Rodgers signing did.

Although complications arose earlier on in Liverpool's pursuit of the Dutch center back due to allegations of 'tapping up, ' it's been made clear that Southampton are ready to reopen negotiations with Liverpool. Based on the Guinea international's performances last season, this is a player that will soon be considered as world class without question and is simply headed straight for the top.

Champions League football is another reason why Leipzig are reluctant to do business with the Premier League side and boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to keep his squad together.

The 22-year-old midfielder has been an absolute sensation since joining from RB Salzburg last year, scoring eight goals with eight assists in 31 Bundesliga appearances. The Guardian previously reported that Leipzig had indicated they would not allow him to leave for anything under £70m.