- Naby Keita is joining Liverpool next summer for £55m
- Many Reds want us to seal a deal early in January
- Rb Leipzig claim they will refuse to sanction this
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Liverpool will not be able to acquire Naby Keita in January, despite having his signature for 2018/19 already secured.
In the summer, we agreed to pay a £7m premium on top of a £48m release-clause which only comes active in 2018, to confirm a deal for the Guinean in time for next season.
The club was praised for sealing one of Europe’s most exciting prospects, but many Liverpool fans are pining for the 22-year-old sooner.
According to Ralph Rangnick, Rb Leipzig’s Sporting Director, it’s simply not going to happen.
“Even if we should not reach the knockout stages of Champions League, it would make no sense to allow Naby to join Liverpool earlier,” Rangnick told Leipziger Volkszeitung. “We want to qualify for Europe again, and we need Naby for that.”
It’s lucky that we signed Keita when we did, considering Emre Can is likely to leave at the end of the season.
Sources have told EOTK that he’s not renewed the lease on his house and barring a miracle, he’ll depart on a free transfer.
This means we’ll need to sign an anchorman, especially considering how often Jordan Henderson is unavailable injured.