RB Leipzig have reportedly told ESPN FC that Liverpool target Naby Keita is not for sale at any price.
The German club are apparently determined to embark on their first season in the Champions League with a full complement of star players, including Keita, Emil Forsberg and Timo Werner.
They had been reports that £70m would buy Keita – with Liverpool reportedly ready to double their transfer record to sign him – but according to ESPN, ‘Leipzig insist that there is “no figure” that could sway their minds on the 22-year-old Guinea international’.
“We will not enter into negotiations at all,” a club source told the website. “A decision has been made that none of our key players will be sold and we’re sticking to it.”
That jars with Sky Sports and their certainly that a deal will still be done, with RB officials ready to accept a bid of over £60m for Keita.
Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol said on Monday: “Keita has told Leipzig he wants to leave, he’s told them he wants to move to Liverpool.
“A £57million offer has been rejected but senior figures at Leipzig now want to sell Keita.
“A Liverpool bid of more than £60million should be on its way this week.”