RB Leipzig Issue Statement On Early Liverpool Move For Naby Keita Speculation

Monday, 15 Jan, 2018

However, RB Leipzig director of football has shut down that talk once and for all, by confirming that Keita will remain in Germany until the end of June.

Amidst widespread speculation that Liverpool were aiming to bring Naby Keita to Anfield in January, his current club, RB Leipzig, publicly denied the rumors on Sunday.

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Liverpool had already agreed a fee of £66.8million for Keita should Leipzig qualify for the Champions League but Leipzig wanted extra compensation to release him from his contract early.

But the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona has seen Liverpool attempt to push the move forward to January.

The midfielder showed his class with a superb deflected goal from the edge of the box in Saturday's 3-1 home win over Schalke, a victory that moved Leipzig up to second in the league table.

The two clubs struck an initial deal in August regarding a future move to Anfield for Keita at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Williams' information has however tied in with news that Keita registered a company named "NK8 Limited" - with him as the director and the location in the United Kingdom - earlier this week.

"That muted celebration has to mean that Keita is on his way to Liverpool", one commented.

Nonetheless, Press Association Sport suggests that Liverpool representatives would like to maintain great connections they have with the German club, and will not pressure the transfer. That is not the case and with that we made a decision to end the issue.