Published: 19:51 EDT, 13 July 2017 | Updated: 02:28 EDT, 14 July 2017
Liverpool have had a £57million bid for Red Bull Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita rejected, according to reports in Germany.
According to Bild , the Reds made a concrete offer for the Guinea midfielder which was turned down by the Bundesliga club.
Naby Keita would welcome a move to the Premier but may have to hand in a transfer request
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has identified the midfielder as a key target this summer
Keita is the undisputed No 1 target for Liverpool this summer, with Jurgen Klopp prepared to obliterate the club’s transfer record to bring the 22-year-old to Anfield.
Leipzig, though, have made it clear that no amount of money will convince them to sell Keita ahead of their first crack at the Champions League with Sporting Director Ralf Ragnick adamant not even £100million would turn their heads.
Ragnick went public with those claims but Leipzig went a step further now and made contact with Liverpool to insist that they will not be doing any deals and he is definitely not for sale.
Klopp has wanted Keita to add dynamism to Liverpool’s midfield for much of 2017 and sees the 22-year-old as having the ability to make a difference to his team’s attack.
He is open to the idea of moving to the Premier League to work with Klopp but Leipzig’s resolve not to do business means Keita may have to submit a transfer request.
Liverpool’s lack of transfer activity so far has left many supporters jittery but their mood is in stark contrast to that of Klopp, who is completely relaxed about how the window has so far played out.
Liverpool boss Klopp explained that he is perfectly happy with the club’s transfer strategy
Klopp faced the media for the first time this summer following his side’s 4-0 win in a friendly at Tranmere and would not speak about Liverpool’s pursuit of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.
He did, however, make it clear there is still plenty of time to bring in reinforcements to supplement the additions of Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke.
Klopp said: ‘We also bought players. Yes and they (rivals) lost a lot of players. I heard Man United lost players, got new players. Don’t know about Chelsea, I’ve not heard a lot.
Klopp refused to speak about Liverpool’s pursuit of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk
‘If any of our fans think about what the other teams are doing and why we aren’t doing anything, I can’t help, sorry. We cannot only buy players because other teams buy players.
‘We do our business as good as we can do it and we are completely in it and we are convinced about the way that we are going so that’s all.
‘Nervous fans? Sorry I cannot help, I don’t have to write a message for this.
‘I’m not nervous – maybe that’s the right message for this.’