Liverpool given encouragement in race to sign top 22-year-old

RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick admits Naby Keita could leave next summer amid talk of interest from Liverpool

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Liverpool have been handed a positive boost after RB Leipzig admitted that Naby Keita could leave the club next summer.

The Merseyside outfit were heavily linked with a move to sign the Guinea international earlier in the summer transfer window.

Liverpool were reported to have made three offers to sign the 22-year-old box-to-box midfielder but RB Leipzig refused to consider selling their prized asset.

Keita scored eight goals and made seven assists in 31 appearances in the Bundesliga last season following his move to RB Leipzig from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg last summer.

However, Keita has a £48m contract release clause that can be activated in next summer’s transfer window that opens up the possibility of Liverpool making a swoop next term.

RB Leipzig director of sport Ralf Rangnick conceded that Keita could leave the Bundesliga outfit next summer amid interest from the 18-time English champions.

“Next season it is so that Naby theoretically has the option to go,” Rangnick told Bild, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.

“I’m assuming that he’s playing a strong season, even in the Champions League
.

“And then there will be big clubs that are also interested in him. Therefore, it will probably be difficult to keep him.

“We always said, if players develop faster than our club, then it will also be that a player leaves us.


“[But] It’s important that Naby is still playing this season.”

Liverpool have signed AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah, Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke and Hull City defender Andy Robertson in the summer transfer window so far.

The Reds finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last season to secure a return to the Champions League after a two-season absence.

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