Liverpool are refusing to back down in their ongoing pursuit of RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita with the Reds preparing to increase their initial eye-opening offer for the midfielder.
The club have recently had a £57million bid rejected by the Bundesliga club, who have seemingly been adamant that they will not be selling one of the prized assets.
Leipzig’s resolve will now be put to the test by a monumental second offer of £65m for the Guinean star, claims the Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce.
This reiterates Jurgen Klopp’s ability to break the club’s record transfer fee multiple times this summer, having already paid an initial £36.9million for winger Mohamed Salah- surpassing the £35million paid for Andy Carroll in 2011.
Keita is valued at £70million by his current employers although there appears to be a confidence at Liverpool that their priority target can be captured for slightly less. It’s highly unlikely Reds officials would sanction a bid of under the reported asking price unless they were confident this was the case.
The player’s desire to make the switch to Anfield represents a key aspect of a proposed deal and another satisfying reminder of not only Klopp’s luring powers but also what an attractive prospect this club has once again become.
It looks increasingly likely that Leipzig’s sporting director Ralf Rangnick will see his insistence on keeping Keita eventually defied.
The latest developments on Liverpool’s top target wasn’t the only significant transfer news on Friday with reports also revealing that the Reds were closing in on the £8million signing of Hull City left-back Andrew Robertson.
Besides this, it was also announced that the club had accepted a £5million bid for the long-serving Lucas Leiva, who sadly looks set to depart after spending over a decade on Merseyside.
Business is starting to move quickly once again.