Liverpool’s bid of £57 million was rejected by RB Leipzig earlier this week as the German club is adamant over the player’s non-departure from the club.
Liverpool are going to increase the bidding amount and though, the officials at Leipzig are saying that they won’t sell Keita at any price, an amount of around £65 million would be too worthy to reject, according to Mirror.
According to Liverpool legend, Steve Nicol, Liverpool ‘need’ the central midfielder in their team to challenge for the title. He thinks that the Guinean could become a superstar at Anfield and Liverpool should not consider the money and should buy him at any cost. Nicol told ESPN FC –
Forget about the money, I’ve forgotten about the money,
Just sign the guy, forget the money now. It doesn’t matter.
The guy makes Liverpool better no question. He’s young, he could be a superstar, just go and sign him.
I don’t care about the money anymore.
Nicol won 5 titles with Liverpool in a 13 year spell.
Leipzig manager, Ralph Hasenhüttl needs the midfielder for his own assault and is prepared to fight against any interest shown by the other European clubs.
Inter Milan are reportedly, also interested in the 22 year old and interestingly, they are ready to send Keita back on loan to Leipzig after buying him. It seems an offer that Leipzig might consider, because, otherwise, in the next season, it would be harder to hold on onto the player.
Even Liverpool Echo’s respected reporter has written that “the hope is that a fee of around £65 million will convince the Bundesliga outfit to do business.”
The way the situation is poised, the only way the move can happen is if Keita forces his way out of the club. He has already told his interest to move to Liverpool to the Leipzig’s officials.
“The Guinea midfielder is desperate to sign for Liverpool,” Pearce writes, “and has urged Leipzig to grant him his dream move to Anfield.”
Liverpool’s pre-season journey would continue in Asia, as Liverpool prepare to take on Crystal Palace on 19th July at Hong Kong.
Liverpool have already played two friendlies, against Tranmere Rovers and Wigan Athletic.