Ian McGarry has posited that Liverpool could yet snap up midfielder Naby Keita this month despite RB Leipzig insisting he won’t make a January departure to Anfield.
Talks took place between the two clubs but Leipzig insisted that no January sale will go through.
Despite the German club’s public declaration of intent not to let him leave for Liverpool, Transfer Window Podcast guest Ian McGarry believes the Guinean’s transfer to Anfield is not yet out of a January possibility.
“I still believe there will be an agreement to bring Naby Keita to Anfield before the end of this window,” he said on the latest episode.
What they are arguing over is how much that is going to cost.
“This is becoming a very expensive transfer for Liverpool because the money they have agreed to pay already is in excess of £60m.
“However with the Coutinho money in the bank and Van Dijk in central defence, paying an extra €15m to €20m to get Keita for the second-half of the season as they push for the top-four and allow him to get used to the environment of Liverpool and his team-mates (would make sense).
“I wouldn’t say Liverpool’s transfer business is concluded just yet albeit it would be Keita they invest their money in bringing in early rather than a player outside that.”
Liverpool wanted Keita last summer but were forced to agree an unusual deal where they agreed a fee for the Guinea international but had to wail 12 months for him to arrive.