Gabriele Marcotti tells Liverpool not to pay 22-year-old’s £70m asking price
The ESPN reporter doesn't believe RB Leipzig's Naby Kieta is worth his touted £70m price tag amid links to Liverpool
Gabriele Marcotti has rubbished RB Leipzig’s reported £70m valuation for Liverpool target Naby Keita.
The Reds have been linked with a move to add the Guinea international to their squad in the 2017 summer transfer window.
Keita impressed during his first season in Bundesliga as RB Leipzig finished in second place in the German top flight.
Indeed, the 22-year-old finished with eight goals and seven assists to attract interest from some of Europe’s top clubs.
Liverpool are thought to be willing to break their club record to sign Keita in a deal worth around £50m.
However, RB Leipzig have warned the Merseyside outfit that it will take an offer in the region of £70m to tempt the German club to sell their star midfielder.
ESPN FC reporter Marcotti admitted that Keita is a very good player but told Liverpool that the African’s real value is around £30m.
“Naby Keita is an interesting player,” Marcotti told ESPN FC.
“He has one season of top flight experience in a major European league.
“He is a kind of player you’d love at £20m or £30m but he looks like he will be a lot more expensive.”
Liverpool have already signed one African player this summer after the Reds agreed a club-record £36.7m fee with AS Roma for the signing of Mohamed Salah.
The Reds secured a return to the Champions League last season thanks to a fourth-place finish in the Premier League table.
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