RB Leipzig have rejected a €65m (£57.3m) offer from Liverpool for midfield star Naby Keita, according to Bild.
The Bundesliga club’s sporting director Ralph Rangnick recently said that even a three-figure offer (100m) can’t tempt them for selling the midfield maestro.
While Liverpool have been told on several occasions by the Germans that Keita is not for sale, the midfielder’s heart is set on a move to Anfield.
— BILD RB Leipzig (@BILD_rbleipzig) July 13, 2017
Reports early on Thursday claimed that RB Leipzig have contacted the Reds to let them know that Keita is not available this summer for any price and the Guinean will now have to hand in a transfer request to secure his dream move to Anfield.
Despite Leipzig’s hardline stance, Jurgen Klopp seems to have not given up on his prime summer target and it is believed that a figure close to Leipzig’s rumoured demand of around £70m could help a deal materialise between the two clubs.
From sources privately within RB Leipzig the club may deal at an improved figure. Balance in favour of a LFC move has tipped
— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) July 13, 2017
Following our first pre-season game against Tranmere Rovers on Wednesday, Klopp insisted that he is not nervous about transfers as we have a lot of time left in the window to get the business done.
Meanwhile, rumours are also gaining pace that Liverpool and Southampton are expected to hold talks regarding a summer move for another top target Virgil van Dijk.
Former football lawyer Dan Vanderkamp tweeted on Wednesday (and has taken down his account now) that he has been told about positive developments between the two clubs and the player may not have to hand in a transfer request now.
Do you think Klopp can get both of his top targets this summer?