Red Bull Leipzig will depart with Naby Keita for £26m this summer, reports German publication Sport Bild, translated by the Echo.
The 22-year-old has emerged as a top target for not only ourselves, but Arsenal, Bayern and others, following his superb debut Bundesliga campaign.
Keita’s produced countless all-action performances which have made him the stand-out box-to-box midfielder in Germany. He runs, tackles, passes and scores the odd goal, too. His club have claimed they don’t want to sell, but so does every smaller side before a summer, and good players inevitably join bigger and better counterparts.
Our chances of acquiring Keita will depend largely on us qualifying for the Champions League. We’ve got nine games left in which to edge out Arsenal and Manchester United from the top four.
£26m in today’s market is a snip for a player of Keita’s calibre. Chelsea bought N’Golo Kante, a similar player, for a little more than that last summer – and the Frenchman is powering them to the title.
We’d love to see it happen, but if RB Leipzig are selling for £26m, there’ll be plenty of willing bidders.