We’re not exactly sure if these quotes increase or decrease the chances of Naby Keita signing for Liverpool this summer.
They indicate that he will eventually leave Red Bull Leipzig, but not necessarily this summer and not necessarily to Liverpool.
“I love Leipzig, and I will never forget this city,” he began, before naming the clubs who contacted him in 2016 before he decided on a move to the Bundesliga.
“Arsenal, Southampton, Manchester City and Liverpool, although I did not talk with the coach,” Keita told DIE Welt, reported in the Telegraph.
“I hope, however, that I have the level in two, three years and could play for one of the very big clubs.
“This includes Barcelona, but it also includes Real Madrid or Manchester City.”
A rumoured £70m price-tag has been put on Keita’s head, which has divided the Liverpool fanbase in regards to whether the 22-year-old is really worth that much.
Reds should realise, there’s other, exciting alternatives and we should be sure our scouts have a long list of potential talents.
We watched Spain Under-21s last night and were thrilled by the performance of Real Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos. He has ridiculous skill and although he doesn’t yet possess Keita’s dynamism, he’s a more technically capable player and someone who could reach meteoric levels.
What’s more, he has a £13.4m release-clause, and it’s no surprise Real Madrid are considering bringing him in this summer.