Leipzig rule out early Keita deal


Liverpool were reportedly closing in on a deal to bring RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita to Anfield this month.

But the German club have moved to dismiss the idea that they could allow the Guinea international to bring forward his transfer.

“The situation is the same as it was all season – there’s no reason for us to let Naby Keita go early.” Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl told BBC Sport.

“Nothing has changed and our position hasn’t changed from before regarding this transfer.” he added.

Liverpool supporters were hopeful that the African would be allowed to head to Merseyside earlier than the planned date of 1st July to help balance the midfield following the loss of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

But the Bundesliga club say they are not willing to allow Liverpool to take Keita sooner than planned after much speculation over the move on Thursday.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was eager to bring Keita to Anfield last Summer but had to make do with the club agreeing to pay a premium to activate his release clause early in order to secure a move for next season.

Liverpool have always been keen to explore the idea of bringing forward the move, but Leipzig have continued to dig their heels in as they look to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

It could always just be a ploy to drive up the fee Liverpool would have to pay to bring him to Anfield this month, however.

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