Insider delivers latest update on Liverpool’s bid to sign top 22-year-old
Gabriele Marcotti gives his take on the latest reports linking Liverpool with a bid to sign Naby Keita this summer
RB Leipzig are open to selling Naby Keita to Liverpool this summer but only if they meet their valuation of the player, according to Gabriele Marcotti.
The Reds have been heavily linked with a bid to bring the 22-year-old midfielder to Anfield this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to beef up his squad ahead of next season.
However, it has been reported that the Bundesliga club are reluctant to let the Guinea international leave the club this summer.
Now, respected football journalist Marcotti has given the latest update on the situation concerning the midfielder and Liverpool’s apparent bid to sign him this summer.
“I don’t think Liverpool ever believed it was dead,” Marcotti said on ESPN FC.
“I think Liverpool believe that Keita wants to come and they believe via intermediaries that they have an understanding of what his terms would be.
“The problem is Red Bull and Ralf Rangnick have come out and he said he does not want to sell, Keita’s not for sale.
“This is a classic situation where it becomes a test of resolve, like a game of chicken.
“Does Keita go and try and force a move? No club wants to keep an unhappy player.
“There is a valuation where Leipzig are going to sell no matter what Rangnick says.
“I think they’re talking £65m thus far, if it goes much north of that who knows? Or if Keita goes and kicks up some kind of a fuss.
“This is how deals get done when valuations aren’t met. Leipzig are quite steadfast in saying they will not sell him.”
Liverpool are looking to bolster their squad this summer as Klopp prepares his team for a return to the Champions League next term.
Despite all of the speculation however, the Reds have so far only made two signings, winger Mohamed Salah and striker Dominic Solanke.