RB Leipzig are either playing hard to get with Naby Keita or they really don’t want to sell him.
With talk that Liverpool are eyeing up a move for the 22-year-old not going away, the Leipzig sporting director has now reportedly had to deny Bayern Munich’s interest.
“I don’t know anything about Bayern interest. Naby’s an extraordinary player who could play in any European top team,” he told Sport1 Doppelpass .
He also reiterated that the youngster who joined the club last summer on a four-year deal had “no release clause in his contract”.
Can denies greedy tag as contract talks drag on
And even though Germany international Can concedes ‘You never know what will happen in football”, he argued there’s still a big chance he will remain at Anfield for years to come.
The midfielder has been embroiled in extended negotiations over a new deal, but has still to get close to any agreement, which – with his contract fast ticking down – raises the spectre of a summer move.
He will have just 12 months left on his deal at the end of the season, and if he hasn’t signed by then, Liverpool will have no option but to try to sell him, rather than risk losing the German international on a free transfer.
Sources suggest the player’s representatives are looking to DOUBLE his current salary of around £35,000-£40,000 a week.
STAN COLLYMORE: Klopp’s to blame if Reds mis top four
Yes, they are up there now after Sunday’s ‘ugly’ 2-1 win over Burnley. But Arsenal and Manchester United, five and six points behind them respectively, both have two games in hand and the Reds will know they will be hard on their tails for the rest of the season.
Chelsea and Manchester City are certs to be in the final top four, meaning it’s two from four – with third-placed Tottenham also included – for the remaining spots.
So, from a position of real strength at the turn of the year, my old club now find themselves in a dogfight.
Lovren makes return in U23s
Serbian Lovren is battling to prove his fitness ahead of a weekend clash with Manchester City.
The centre back has been struggling with a niggling foot injury – and has not starred in the first team since January 31.