Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp didn’t seem positive about his side’s chances of signing Naby Keita from RB Leipzig this summer.
As soon as the transfer window opened, Klopp had established RBL’s tireless midfielder Naby Keita as his no.1 target for the summer. However, Liverpool are yet to agree a fee with the Bundesliga club, who are adamant on not letting go of their coveted star easily.
The lack of progress on Keita’s proposed transfer to Liverpool is not a result of a lack of trying by the Merseyside club.
According to various reports, the Reds have already seen two massive bids rejected by the German club. The opening bid made by Liverpool was believed to be £57 million in valuation, which was followed by another improved £66 million bid. However, both offers failed to do the trick.
While recently talking to reports (via Liverpool Echo), Klopp revealed: “Mr Mateschitz (RBL owner)? What did he say? Lucky man, huh? They don’t have to sell players. When I was at Dortmund we always had to sell players.”
The Liverpool boss then hinted that there isn’t much he can do, by adding: “Meanwhile, they don’t have to sell players any more so, obviously, I’m always a little bit too late. What can I say? There’s nothing to say about this.”
The German boss was ready to make Keita their record signing, but RBL are proving to be very tough negotiators so far.
The Guinean midfielder will have a release clause activated in his contract from next year, but Liverpool are afraid that they might lose out on the player if they wait for another year.
Written by Shorya Panwar
Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.