Liverpool have had an offer of £66m for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita rejected, according to Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol, as manager Jurgen Klopp looks to build a side ready to take on both the Champions League and Premier League title race.
The Reds chase for the Leipzig midfielder has been a very public one this summer, however, the German side – who shocked everyone last season with their Champions League place finish in their first Bundesliga season – are out to surprise again in snubbing the lucrative offer from the Merseysiders.
Leipzig are taking a rather refreshing stance. They have a player under contract and no need for the money, thus, their man seems to be staying put with Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz stating the 22-year-old is not for sale.
A combative midfielder of Keita’s ilk is a top priority at Liverpool this summer, with two very similar and forward thinking central players in Jordan Henderson and Emre Can needing protection, and the snub from Germany could harm the Reds going forward.
In limbo, essentially.
The first step will be to get back around the table with Leipzig to ensure that the stance being reported is in fact the case and if anything to test their resolve with bids as high as the Merseysiders are willing to go.
However, and it’s unlikely to come to this but it must be considered, if Klopp does not get his man this summer, there needs to be a ‘Plan B’ ready, waiting and of a similar standard.
Not only do the club have to identify such a player, they must make his acquisition swift in order to give Klopp as much time with his new players as possible as well as avoiding another embarrassing protracted saga. Time is running out.