By Aramide Oladipo
Liverpool have decided to cool their interest in RP Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita this summer but will return to sign him in 12 months, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the Bundesliga outfit have made it very clear to the Merseyside club that they are not willing to listen to any offers for the 22-year-old this summer.
The newspaper claims that the Reds have seen two bids turned down from the German side for the midfielder, including one worth more than £66million.
The Mirror had recently reported that Liverpool were likely to make one final offer in excess of £70million for the midfielder.
Liverpool will reportedly reignite their interest in Keita next summer as he has a release clause in his contract that can be triggered at the end of next season.
The report claims that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was desperate to bring the player to Anfield ahead of the new season as he believed Keita would add quality to the midfielder.
It is said that Liverpool are now considering new midfield options as they prepare to compete in the Champions League for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign.
The Guinea international proved that he could provide an attacking threat from the midfield last season, notching up a total of eight goals in his debut campaign with the Bundesliga side.
The midfielder’s current contract with Leipzig runs out in 2020.
Football Insider verdict
Liverpool are making the right decision by deciding to wait until next summer to continue their pursuit of the midfielder. Similar to the Reds, Leipzig will be competing in the Champions League next season and it will be the perfect opportunity to see whether Keita can continue to deliver the goods in one of the hardest club competitions in the world. The Reds should try and look for a midfielder who has experience playing at the top level and who could potentially offer a similar attacking threat to Keita but at a much cheaper price. The local rivals Everton are reportedly attempting to lure Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson to the club but the Swans are said to want around £50million for him. Liverpool should try and swoop in and hijack the move to get one over on their neighbours and also secure a goalscoring midfielder to the squad.
In other Liverpool transfer news, a European club have baulked at the Reds’ price for this attacker.