Liverpool are reportedly considering offloading midfielder Naby Keita in the summer, with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund interested.
As per an exclusive report from TEAMtalk, Premier League leaders Liverpool are ready to cut their losses on Guinean midfield dynamo Naby Keita and sanction a sale in the summer window, amid interest from Bundesliga heavyweights Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
Liverpool signed Keita in last summer’s transfer window from RB Leipzig in a £52 million deal, having already agreed a deal with the German outfit for the transfer in 2017. But, the move has hardly worked out as anticipated for both parties involved, with the 24-year-old midfielder struggling in his debut season in England.
Keita, since joining Liverpool, has gone on to feature on 27 occasions, but has failed to live up to the lofty expectations that were placed on him upon his arrival. So far, the Guinean international has not netted a single goal, while managing just a solitary assist.
Liverpool’s midfield is packed with options with the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Fabinho all available, while Adam Lallana has also looked good recently. Add to it, the impending return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from his long-term injury, Jurgen Klopp has no shortage in the department.
And, with Keita struggling to make any sort of impact in his first season, the report states that Klopp is open to offloading him in the summer, even though Liverpool are likely to take a hit of £10 million from the Guinean’s sale. This development has reportedly piqued the interest of both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern Munich had had an eye on Keita while he was still plying his trade in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig. And now that the player could be on the market again, the Bavarian giants seem to have rekindled their interest, which makes sense, considering that Renato Sanches could be on his way out of the club in the summer.
Borussia Dortmund are also in the fray to sign the 24-year-old midfielder, as they look to boost options in the midfield department, where they have often been heavily reliant on Axel Witsel and Thomas Delaney to get the job done in the ongoing campaign.
The report further adds that both Bayern Munich and Dortmund have already reached out to Keita’s representatives to explore the possibility of his return to the Bundesliga next season.
Keita still has four years on his contract with Liverpool, but with things seemingly not working out for him with the Merseyside outfit, a sale could very well be on the cards come summer.