Exclusive: Seven clubs have contacted Liverpool with the hope of signing £35million ace

Over the last two months, Liverpool have been approached by seven clubs as Naby Keita attempts to make a success of his time at Anfield in the face of injury setbacks.

Anfield Central sources report that before the Real Madrid clash, enquiries from Barcelona, Atalanta, Borussia Monchengladbach, Inter Milan and Sevilla were made. This week, RB Leipzig and Leicester City have both used intermediaries to enquire about Keita’s availability this summer.

The Guinean has struggled at Liverpool, with injury after injury making it difficult for him to make any meaningful contributions to the team’s efforts to win silverware.

He was hooked at half-time against Real Madrid last week as he made his first Champions League start since the 1-1 draw with FC Midtjylland in December. There is no denying Keita’s talent but physically, he has not been up for the challenge in England.

MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 06: Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool FC substitutes Naby Keita during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final match between Real Madrid and Liverpool FC at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on April 06, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

We have been told that Leipzig expressed interest in a return for the player they sold for £52.75million. His value is closer to £35million, however, after struggling with injury the last couple of years.

Leicester are excited by the thought of having such a dynamic player in central midfield, with the belief that he would perfectly complement Youri Tielemans, James Maddison and Wilfred Ndidi.

Meanwhile, earlier this season, Inter Milan enquired about Keita after they considered Gini Wijnaldum on loan. The Serie A table-toppers made a contract offer to the Dutchman but were turned down while Barcelona asked about the length of his contract.

Keita has so often taken a couple steps forward before being knocked back altogether by an injury. In the 2018/19 season, he had some great Champions League displays against Porto and Bayern Munich and was dominating Barcelona at Camp Nou before he was on the end of a scissor-tackle from Ivan Rakitic and was subsequently withdrawn.

Liverpool lost their foothold in that game and wound up losing 3-0 before the historic 4-0 comeback at Anfield.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 01: Naby Keita of Liverpool battles for possession with Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final first leg match between Barcelona and Liverpool at the Nou Camp on May 01, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

RB Leipzig and Leicester are the only two sides that have shown serious interest in Keita and while they have yet to make direct enquiries to Liverpool, they are sizing up the market and how the Guinean dynamo could fit into their summer plans.

With over a month and a half left of the season, nothing is certain yet but after the way Keita was hauled off last week, it’s not inconceivable that Keita could leave this summer.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.


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