“Not even a three-figure sum could convince us”, this is what Ralf Rangnick, the sporting director of RB Leipzig has been saying for weeks now, regarding Naby Keita and Liverpool’s attempts to sign him.
According to reports, the German club rejected the latest offer made by the Reds, in the region of 65 million euros, and not because they found the amount inadequate, but simply because they seem to mean it when they say that Keita is not for sale this summer.
Or is he? Fresh reports claim that not everyone at Leipzig sees this matter the same way their sporting director does, feeling that what Liverpool are offering should at least be considered.
Plus, there is the matter of what the player himself wants. The 22-year-old has kept a very low profile these last weeks, doing his best to avoid any confrontation with his club, but on the other hand, he has made it clear that if it were up to him, he would move to Liverpool.
Leipzig did phenomenally last season in the Bundesliga, despite the fact that they had just earned promotion they finished second(!!), they are going to play Champions League football soon, but none of that makes them bigger than Liverpool to Keita’s eyes.
It remains to be seen if more… rational voices will prevail at Leipzig, and they eventually accept an even more improved Liverpool offer.