This is unbelievable…
Reports throughout the entire summer have suggested that once Liverpool agreed to part with €75m, around £65m, Red Bull Leipzig would be willing to do business for Naby Keita.
It’s an obscene amount of money which would make the 22-year-old Guinean one of the most expensive players of all time – but alas – it’s not enough.
RB’s owner owner Dietrich Mateschitz has confirmed that the Germans have rejected the bid, even though Keita has a £48m release-clause which becomes active next summer.
“We do not sell players who are still under contract just to make a lot of money,” Mateschitz told German publication Bild, translated by ITV.
“Recently we got a 75 million euro offer for Naby Keita. No way! He still has a contract and he will fulfil it.
“To sell him would not only be a proof of distrust for our fans, but also a wrong sign for our other players, such as Timo Werner, who is also in demand.”
Supporters have been told by many that RB were coming round to the idea of selling, with Keita desperate to join Jurgen Klopp’s project, but this latest blow could end our entire pursuit.
Realistically, how much higher can we really go…?
Perhaps now is the time to actively seek alternatives.