Leipzig confirm rejected £66m bid for Liverpool target Keita

Should Virgil van Dijk snub Liverpool and join Arsenal this summer
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19 July, 2017

Jürgen Klopp is reluctant to seek alternative options for his number one targets despite suffering setbacks in his pursuit of Southampton's Virgil van Dijk and RB Leipzig's Naby Keita.

Liverpool's only major signing so far this summer is Mohamed Salah, who arrived from Roma for around £39million.

Mateschitz has confirmed an £66.3m offer has been received for the 22-year-old, although did not name Liverpool as the bidders.

"You say "But I have the money!', But they say 'I do not want to sell".

"We were flattered when an offer of €75m offer for Naby Keita recently landed at our door".

"To sell him would not only be a mistrust proof for our fans, but also a wrong sign for our other players, such as Timo Werner, who is also in demand".

Legendary Liverpool player and former manager Souness believes Klopp is right to pursue Van Dijk and believes Southampton's history of selling to Liverpool is a cause for optimism.

Keita's move to Leipzig from Red Bull Salzburg last summer and his form for the Bundesliga outfit have seen him attract interest from the Reds.

The 22-year-old Guinea global midfielder is "understood to be keen on a move to Anfield now" rather than next summer, says the Daily Mail, even though the terms of his contract stipulate that his release clause comes into play at the end of next season.

Leipzig are keen for Keita to pen a new contract. "There's nothing that will make us budge".

They have had a number of offers snubbed for Keita and don't look like giving up anytime soon.

However, the German has been quick to squash such reports arguing that the club's owners are providing exactly what he asks for and that money isn't the source of Liverpool's current frustrations.

'If I was manager of Liverpool at this time I would have pushed the boat out and done whatever you had to do to get the boy Van Dijk.

Unfortunately, Chris Bascombe has also echoed this statement for Telegraph Sport this morning, claiming that Leipzig remain adamant that they will not do business with the Reds and will not accept any amount of money for their players.

After what happened last month, there's no chance of the Saints giving Liverpool an easy time where negotiations are concerned.

Spurs, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Inter Milan are all said to have made enquiries about Kramaric and Hoffenheim are hoping a bidding war breaks out in the coming weeks.


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