Liverpool are still very likely to sign their top midfield target Naby Keita despite Hasenhuttl’s insistence that Leipzig will not sell their best players.
The Reds are said to be lining up another bid for Naby Keita in the coming week, with £65m said to be the fee Liverpool hope will convince Leipzig to sell.
There has been a growing feeling in the last few days that Liverpool have been making steady progress in their attempts to sign Keita.
The player wants the move, a first bid has been lodged and, crucially, it’s been reported that some at Leipzig are resigned to losing him.
Quotes from coach Ralph Hasenhuttl have emerged on Monday morning, with the Austrian insisting that they do not want to sell any of their star players this summer, despite interest elsewhere.
“You can tell them (the interested clubs) that they feel very comfortable and look forward to the new season.”
“They know very well what they have with us.”
“Our goal is to become a large and established club.”
“It is a huge compliment for us that we have aroused such desires.”
“But it is not the purpose and purpose of our journey to let our players get their first offer.”
“Our goal is to become a large and established club, and that is what we have done this summer, a significant step towards it.”
But Liverpool still believe they will get their man. Their first offer suggests exactly that. They’re not just throwing offers into the dark, they know that Leipzig will sell Keita if the money is right.
I said a few days ago that this would go back and forth as a story, Keita will join LFC, now Ragnick 'on holiday' (left in huff). 2/2 #LFC
— Graeme Kelly (@GraemeKelly1) July 17, 2017
Crucially, the player wants the move and there were even suggestions over the weekend from journalists that specialise in Guinean football that Keita’s entourage will force a move if there is any trouble in getting a deal over the line.
La direction du club allemand est divisée sur la question. En même temps, l'entourage du joueur réfléchit à un clash pour forcer son départ.
— Amadou Makadji 🇬🇳 (@makadjiamadou) July 14, 2017
Leipzig’s sporting director Ralf Rangnick, the man who is said to be the main individual holding up the deal, is apparently on holiday at the moment.