Liverpool have pursued Keita for the majority of the summer window, but Leipzig have so far refused to sell. So far rejecting bids of £58million and £66million for their star midfielder. Is it now time to turn our attention elsewhere in order to create strength in depth for the challenges we’ll face during the season? The latest name to appear on the media radar is Schalke’s Leon Goretzka. A figure of around £21m has been mentioned.
There were rumours that Liverpool were going to submit a final take-it-or-leave-it £70million offer for the player, however nothing materialised from that.
According to the Daily Mirror Jurgen Klopp has begun looking at a contingency plan, and believes countryman Goretzka would be a suitable alternative.
Goretzka, 22, has been linked with Arsenal and Bayern Munich this summer, and is out of contract next season. Rather frustratingly just like RB Leipzig Schalke have previously insisted the player is not for sale.
Goretzka discussing his future
“I’m not going to give state-of-play updates, but if there are facts, I will announce them,”
“I’m not the type to be impressed by newspaper reports, I know what my qualities are, but I will not build myself up.
“I won’t talk on possible switches to a different club during the tournament. As soon as there are facts I will be providing them and publicising them on what my decision is. But now there is no news in that respect.”
The central midfielder made 41 appearances in all competitions for Schalke last season where he also scored eight goals and provided six assists.
He also played along side our own Emre Can for Germany as they won the Confederations Cup this summer.
Disaster transfer window
Liverpool have made just three signings so far this summer in the form of Dominic Solanke, Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson there are many Liverpool fans very nervous with many calling this transfer window a disaster. FSG have provided the funds, however spent less than a fifth of the rumoured £200m.
Having identified three top players to take Liverpool to the top level only Mohamed Salah has signed. Both Naby Keita and Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk have not been successful so far. Klopp has managed to convince them they want to join, FSG just convince the respective owners to sell!