Liverpool have filed in third bid for RB Leipzig midfield erudite Naby Keita in the region of 75 million after their first 2 were foiled which were 57 and 66 million respectively. Jurgen Klopp is adamant to get the player but Leipzig don’t want to let go off one of their major talents ahead of their first Champions League season in the reckoning ahead.
The Germans have so far stood firm over 22-year-old and their other high-profile players and feel it has almost become a matter of principle to keep Keita, with the billionaire owner of Red Bull Dietrich Mateschitz even weighing into the matter, claiming money isn’t a temptation for the club.
But recently Keita’s behaviour have been troublesome who wants to force a move to the Kop and was drawing flak recently for his brutal tackle on team mate Diego Demme. The Reds target left fellow midfielder Demme in a heap after reacting to a challenge from his midfield colleague, with Leipzig coach Ralph Hassenhutl calling an end to the session in the aftermath of the tackle. The two made up afterwards in a video posted on the club website, with Keita quick to apologise to Demme for the tackle.
Keita played 45 minutes for Leipzig in their 1-0 friendly win over Turkish outfit Konyaspor in their pre season game and the club’s managing director Oliver Mintzlaff told German press that he expected Keita to remain with the club next term.
The Leipzig CEO has recently criticised Keita’s entourage for not having a viable environment.
Speaking at a coaching convention, Rangnick said: “There should be someone who points them into the right direction.
The boys themselves are not the problem here. It is their surroundings.A whole village in Guinea or somebody from their entourage tells the players why they must do something right away. I can’t blame the players.”
Rangnick added neither he nor nor attacking midfielder Emil Forsberg, who also wants to leave, will be allowed to go.
He said: “I expect them to play for us next season. Both are extraordinary players who make the difference for our team.”