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Liverpool Reportedly Have £66M Naby Keita Bid Turned Down by RB Leipzig

19 Juillet 2017

Leipzig owner Dietrich Mateschitz told German newspaper Bild: "We don't sell any of our players just to get money..."

Liverpool appeared to finally be edging closer to signing Naby Keita from RB Leipzig but their latest attempt has left them frustrated.

"To sell him (Keita) would not only be a sign of distrust for our fans, but would also send out the wrong signal to our other players, such as Timo Werner, who are also in demand", added Mateschitz.

"You say "But I have the money!', But they say 'I do not want to sell".

Leipzig, newly promoted to the Bundesliga at the start of last season, will compete in this year's Champions League after an unexpected second place, behind Bayern Munich.

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However, a rather embarassing saga saw a potential deal for Van Dijk implode while Liverpool have also had numerous approaches for Keita rebuffed so far.

The €75m offered by Liverpool represents a fee five times the amount Leipzig paid Red Bull Salzburg for Keita last summer. "But at the end it is still business", he told reporters.

Keita has a long-term contract at the club which expires in the summer of 2020. "There's nothing that will make us budge".

However, the German has been quick to squash such reports arguing that the club's owners are providing exactly what he asks for and that money isn't the source of Liverpool's current frustrations. But such is Liverpool's determination to bring a hard-nosed defensive midfielder to Anfield that they won't give up their chase of Keita.

"I don't think they've got enough strength in depth to make a real impression in the two big trophies". The only glimmer of hope for the Reds is that they could persuade Leipzig to sell by offering more than his £48m release clause.

Liverpool Reportedly Have £66M Naby Keita Bid Turned Down by RB Leipzig