By Kevin Campbell

7th Apr, 2021 | 3:00pm

Liverpool may sell Keita to Leicester this summer after unexpected development - pundit

Liverpool would sell Naby Keita to Leicester City even though they are direct competitors, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Arsenal and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Reds would sanction the sale of the 26-year-old this summer if their valuation was met.

Keita started the 3-1 loss against Real Madrid on Tuesday, but was withdrawn after just 42 minutes for “tactical reasons” after Jurgen Klopp had unexpectedly replaced him with Thiago Alcantara.

Football Insider understands Leicester are keeping tabs on the Guinea international ahead of the summer transfer window.

Liverpool value the centre-midfielder, who has started just nine games this season because of injury, in the region of £30million.

Campbell suggested the Reds may cash in on Keita and use the money raised to bring another player in.

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“I think Liverpool would sell Keita to Leicester if the money is right,” he told Football Insider. “It is just a matter of the money.

“Naby Keita wants to play and he isn’t going to be playing regularly at Liverpool.

“If they can do some business for him in the summer it would make sense.

“His sale could lead to another player being brought in and that is the name of the game. He hasn’t settled so it might be a case of moving him on and bringing someone else in.

“If the money is right then I think there is an opportunity for him to leave.

“Injuries have just decimated his Liverpool career so far.”

In other news, a top pundit claims Liverpool would be ‘silly not to’ seal defensive signing this summer with cut-price deal on the cards.