Keita's January release fee revealed as Liverpool push for early move

Naby Keita

RB Leipzig have confirmed that they will not allow Naby Keita to join Liverpool during the January transfer window.

If Keita moved to Anfield this month he wouldn't be eligible to play in the Champions League knockout stages but would provide a boost to Liverpool's hopes of domestic success.

Bild were certain that the move could happen as long as Liverpool paid up, but this weekend RB Leipzig have made it clear publicly that Keita isn't going anywhere until the summer.

"Naby Keïta will remain an #RBLeipzig player until 30th June 2018".

Liverpool agreed a deal with the German club for the Guinean worldwide a full year in advance last summer, paying a premium on top of the release clause in Keita's contract which was due to become active ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

The move has already set Liverpool back £48 million after the Reds triggered Keita's release clause, last summer and it was reported that to land him six months early would cost somewhere in the region of another £35 million.




Keita scored for Leipzig yesterday in a 3-1 win against Schalke in the Bundesliga.

It says Keita and his agent, Bjorn Bezemer, were in discussions with RB Leipzig up until Sunday.

Ralf Rangnick, Leipzig's Sports Director, added: "We do not give Naby Keita an early start, even though Liverpool have once again laid down his interest in him to sign him in this transfer window".

"As everyone knows, we are not a selling club", Ragnick stressed.

The Brazilian midfielder was one of the most important players of the English team, and Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp wants a luxury substitute in this winter market.

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