Leipzig sporting director Ralph Rangnick has been reiterating that the club will not sell the Naby Keita for even a three-figure fee (100m), but ESPN journalist Gabriele Marcotti thinks that the matter is now “like a game of chicken” where the one who is more resolute than the other will win.
While the Italian believes that Liverpool know they can get their main target this summer despite Rangnick’s oft-repeated suggestions that the Guinean is not for sale, the Reds will have to meet the Germans’ asking price of around £70m to make it happen.
“There is a valuation where Leipzig are going to sell no matter what Rangnick says,” Marcotti said on ESPN FC.
“I think they’re talking £65m thus far, if it goes much north of that who knows? Or if Keita goes and kicks up some kind of a fuss.”
The Bundesliga runners-up already rejected an offer of around £57m from Liverpool last week but latest reports suggest that the two clubs are in advanced talks regarding the matter and an improved offer could force Leipzig to accept the money.
Meanwhile, rumours are growing that Emre Can has agreed to sign a new contract and will officially put pen to an improved deal as soon as he returns from holidays.
It is obvious that Keita will be in our starting eleven if we are able to secure his signature this summer, and with Henderson coming back from injury and Coutinho also likely to continue in central midfield, it will be difficult for Can to retain his starting place next season.
Do you think Emre Can can again prove his detractors wrong next season?