Liverpool warned about ‘incredible risk’ of signing 22-year-old this summer – report
Leon Osman warns Liverpool against a big-money bid to try and sign midfielder Naby Keita from RB Leipzig
Liverpool have been warned that they would be taking a huge risk in signing Naby Keita in a big-money transfer this summer by Leon Osman.
The Reds have been heavily linked with a big-money bid for the RB Leipzig midfielder in recent days as Jurgen Klopp ponders bolstering his midfield options ahead of next season.
There have been suggestions that the German team could demand a transfer fee of as much as £70m for the 22-year-old midfielder this summer.
And Osman feels that it would be a hugely risky move for Liverpool to try and sign the player for that much considering that he doesn’t have a track record of success at the top level.
Osman told BBC Radio 5 live: “With the way the Premier League is going, the top two teams, Chelsea and Tottenham, have got [Victor] Wanyama and [N’Golo] Kante winning the ball back.
“It does seem to be a big part of the Premier League but I think to go out and pay £70m for a player who, with all due respect, is just destroying, and he [Keita] has only done one season of it, it’s an incredible risk as far as I’m concerned.
“Whether Liverpool have watched him longer than that and have seen what he can do over a number of years, I don’t know.
“But he’s not been on my radar for very long with regards to watching foreign football. It’s a big price tag.”
Liverpool continue to be linked with a host of players this summer, but the Reds have so far only concluded deals to sign Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke.
Klopp is likely to want to bolster his squad significantly as he prepares his team for a return to the Champions League next season.
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