Liverpool FC board tell Jurgen Klopp to sell Naby Keita to sign Thiago - report

The Liverpool FC board wants Jurgen Klopp to sell Naby Keita to fund a move for Thiago Alcantara, according to a report

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Jurgen Klopp (Photo: New Balance)

The Liverpool FC board want Jurgen Klopp to sell Naby Keita to fund a move to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara this summer, according to a report in Germany.

German media outlet Kicker, as quoted by the Metro, is reporting that the Liverpool FC manager is still eager to get a deal over the line for the experienced Spain international in the 2020 summer transfer window.

The same article states that the Bundesliga champions want Liverpool FC to pay £32m for the 29-year-old despite the Spanish star having just 12 months left to run on his current deal.

According to the same story, the Premier League champions believe that Thiago is worth around £18m given that the former FC Barcelona star is on course to become a free agent next summer.

The report reveals that the Liverpool FC board want Klopp to sacrifice Keita to finance a move for Thiago in the current transfer window.

However, Kicker claim that Klopp would be unwilling to sell Keita given that the Reds haven’t really seen the best of the Guinea international since his £48m move to Anfield in 2018.

The story suggests that the Liverpool FC manager was impressed with Keita’s increasingly influential performances in the Premier League once the top flight restarted.

Keita scored two goals and made three assists in nine starts and nine substitute appearances in their title-winning campaign to help the Merseyside outfit win their first Premier League crown.

The Guinea midfielder has scored seven times in 60 games in all competitions over the past two seasons since his big-money move to Liverpool FC from RB Leipzig in 2018.

Liverpool FC signed Japan international Takumi Minamino in a £8.75m deal from RB Salzburg in the January transfer window.

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