Liverpool can speed up their Jude Bellingham transfer plans after it emerged that Borussia Dortmund are involved in signing Naby Keita. The Reds are long-term admirers of the England international and have been tipped to take him to Anfield.
Liverpool have began the season in egregious fashion after being defeated 2-1 by Manchester United on Monday night following draws against Fulham on the opening weekend of the campaign and Crystal Palace. Those results have left the Reds a lowly sixteenth within the Premier League table with only two points to their name.
The Merseysiders’ struggles haven’t been helped by an injury crisis of their midfield, with Keita currently ruled out alongside Thiago, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. With Jordan Henderson now well into his 30s, there’s a case to suggest there’s an over-reliance on Brazil international Fabinho. And Klopp will probably be eager to add a world-class midfielder to his ranks.
Bellingham still has one other three years remaining on his Dortmund deal after penning a contract extension last summer. And his current employers don’t look like willing to permit him to go away Signal Iduna Park just yet after losing Erling Haaland to Manchester City over the summer.
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The teenage sensation would surely reach the Premier League and might be the person to revolutionise the midfield at Anfield. And a part-exchange with Keita could see the Reds save a complete load of money on the player, with Bild reporting in April that he was price over £83million.
Despite being linked with a move away, Klopp was adamant last week that Keita wouldn’t be leaving the north west throughout the current transfer window. “Can we sell Naby now and never replace him,” the German pondered. “No, that is just not possible – in fact not. Nevertheless it is just not the plan. We’re done, so we do not think that a player can go and we don’t replace him. No, there is not any probability. Naby won’t go but when he would, which he won’t do, there have to be a substitute in fact. It’s clear.”
Dortmund are unlikely to sanction a swap deal just yet. But when their interest in Keita is important, Liverpool might just have a probability of getting their hands on Bellingham earlier than they were expecting.
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