Liverpool offered encouragement in race to sign top 22-year-old midfielder
Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein believes RB Leipzig's Naby Kieta would be open to a move to Liverpool
Naby Keita would love to leave RB Leipzig for bigger club in the summer transfer window, according to Raphael Honigstein.
The Guinea international has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in recent weeks following an impressive first season in the Bundesliga.
Keita helped RB Leipzig to finish in second place in the Bundesliga table behind German giants Bayern Munich.
The 22-year-old scored eight goals and made seven assists in 31 appearances after RB Leipzig signed the box-to-box midfielder in a £12.75m deal from Swiss side Salzburg last summer.
Liverpool are reported to be willing to spend a club-record fee on the central midfielder but the German club are holding out for a transfer fee in the region of £70m.
Bundesliga expert Honigstein revealed that RB Leipzig are firm in their stance that Keita won’t be sold in the summer transfer window.
“Naby Keita would love to go,” Honigstein told the Football Weekly podcast.
“He feels this has been a great season and there are more attractive clubs and cities asking them to go. Leipzig have made it clear that they are not selling.”
Liverpool signed England Under-20 international Dominic Solanke from Chelsea in the summer transfer window.
The 18-time English champions have also completed a £36.7m deal for Egypt and AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah.
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