As we all know, Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp are absolutely desperate to acquire Naby Keita this summer to aid our 2017/18 Champions League pursuit.
The 22-year-old Guinean was by some distance the most effective midfielder in the Bundesliga last term and is rated as one of the most promising players in his position in the world.
Yesterday, the player held talks with Red Bull Leipzig in an attempt to persuade them into letting him leave, according to Guinean journalist Amadou Makadji, so now we need to wait patiently on whether he was successful.
But so keen are Liverpool on bagging Keita, we’re making sure we have first option on his £48m release-clause next summer should the Germans refuse to sell.
That’s according to RMC journalist Alpha Balde, who claims that although we want Keita now, we’ll still go back for him in 2018 and will work on that securing that option with Red Bull Leipzig now.
“The last ‘safe’ info I have suggests that #Liverpool trying to have a “priority” with the player pr pre-contract coming summer,” he said.
Les dernières infos “sures” que j’ai laisse croire que #Liverpool essaye d’avoir un précontrat “prioritaire” avec le joueur pr l’été à venir
— Alpha BALDE (@AlphaBalde91) July 5, 2017
This shows how highly Klopp rates Keita, but next summer won’t help us now. If we do miss out, we’d like to go for a replacement this time around and supplement the squad with the African star once he becomes available.