RB Leipzig are reportedly demanding £70m (€80) for midfielder, Naby Keita.
- Leipzig claim Keita isn’t leaving this summer
- Claim midfielder will cost £70m
- Liverpool keen to strengthen midfield
The 22-year-old has been linked with both Liverpool and Arsenal this summer. However, the Bundesliga club don’t want to allow one of their key men to leave.
Recently, Leipzig’s chairman, Oliver Mintzlaf, ruled out selling Keita, as well as Emil Forsberg, who the Gunners have also been linked with.
“It would be negligent to let one of our key players go,” the chairman told by Bild [via InsideFutbol].
“Emil and Naby are extremely talented and developable players.
“We are glad that we are able to keep up with their development as a club and now we can prove ourselves in the Champions League in the coming season.”
He added, “Concrete offers are not there, but let’s say, of course the guys have aroused great interest through their performances.
“That is the normal way, but we are not concerned about that.”
The versatile midfielder scored eight and assisted the same mount in 31 Bundesliga appearances last season and has three years left on his current deal, which explains why Leipzig are so reluctant to allow him to leave.
Jurgen Klopp, however, is reportedly keen on strengthening his midfield ahead of the 2017/18 season, since the Reds have Champions League football fixtures to contend with.
With Liverpool already said to be forking out £70m for Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, having already spent another £36.9m on Roma’s Mohamed Salah, it could shape up to be an expensive summer for Klopp.