Liverpool’s recent interest in RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita has seemingly triggered other teams to join the race for his signature.
Of course that isn’t the case, but it sure feels like it. The more we start to warm to the idea of signing a player, the more likely the chances of us being disappointed are.
Keita has unsurprisingly attracted the attention of Europe’s top clubs, playing an influential role in Leipzig’s incredible season in the Bundesliga having only been promoted to Germany’s top flight last year.
Excitement surrounding his potential has been fuelled by his likening to the playing style of Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante in terms of his work rate, energy and athleticism.
If Liverpool are to bid for his services in the summer, they will be required to pay a fee of £26million, according to Sport Bild as translated by the Liverpool Echo.
No longer does such a hefty fee raise as many eyebrows as it perhaps would four or five years ago. The extent of his talent is somewhat evidenced by the reports suggesting both Arsenal and Bayern Munich are also keen on the player.
It would be extremely difficult to lure a man with some of Europe’s top clubs after him without Liverpool having Champions League football to offer. This poses as yet another example of how decisive the final stages of the Premier League season are in terms of the level of quality we will be able to attract in the summer.