Liverpool Will Consider Alternatives Even as They Weigh Up 3rd Bid for Naby Keita

Thursday July 20th, 2017

Liverpool are said to review their options in the transfer market after they saw a huge bid of £66m rejected by RB Leipzig for star midfielder, Naby Keita.

The German side - who finished runners up in the Bundesliga last season - are determined to keep hold of the Guinean international after he made the move from Red Bull Salzburg just last summer.

According to Liverpool Echo, Jurgen Klopp's side are pondering whether to make a new bid in excess of £70m for the 22-year-old.

Keita is the Reds' top target for the summer, but due to Leipzig's refusal to negotiate, they may have to pursue other players.

Reports have been dismissed that the player's agent has flown to meet Liverpool's representatives in Hong Kong and it seems even a formal transfer request will not alter Leipzig's stance

It is understandable why Keita is such a sought-after commodity, with the all-action Guinean midfielder enjoying a stellar campaign in 2016/17, scoring eight times and assisting the same amount in the Bundesliga.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - APRIL 01: Naby Keitab celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-0 the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and SV Darmstadt 98 at Red Bull Arena on April 1, 2017 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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The true definition of box-to-box, Leipzig simply do not want to let him go, with a view to continuing his brilliant partnership with Timo Werner.

It seems Klopp will have to look into other options with Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a potential target for the role.

The Merseyside giants have already added Roma's Mohamed Salah for £37m and Chelsea's Dominic Solanke for around £2m, but it seems as if central midfield is where the manager wants to strengthen.

WIGAN, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after scoring their first goal during the pre-season friendly match between Wigan Athletic and Liverpool at DW Stadium on July 14, 2017 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Well, if they want the services of Keita, they will have to table an offer very close to the world-record £89m paid for Paul Pogba last summer.

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