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Mark Wakefield

Naby Keita 'on the verge' of leaving Liverpool as contract stance emerges

Naby Keita is reportedly close to leaving Liverpool as a free agent.

The Reds midfielder is currently set to be out of contract at the end of the season. Rumours surrounding whether Keita would sign an extension have swirled for months, but as things stand no deal has been agreed.

The 27-year-old signed for Liverpool from RB Leipzig in the summer of 2017 before officially joining the club a year later. The Reds paid £52.75m for Keita - a club-record fee at the time - but a report now claims they are set to lose the player for nothing.

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According to Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg, Keita is ‘on the verge’ of leaving Liverpool in the summer. It has been claimed that a new contract being agreed to keep him at Anfield beyond the current season remains unlikely.

As a result, the report claims that a number of clubs are said to be interested in signing the Guinea international on a free transfer. While no specific clubs are mentioned by name, it has been stated that a return to the Bundesliga is not out of the question.

Keita has struggled for game time this season, having suffered from an injury that kept him sidelined for the first half of the campaign. His first Premier League appearance came against Aston Villa on Boxing Day, and is one of just 11 outings in all competitions so far this term.

With Keita now entering the final six months of his deal, he is able to negotiate a move to another club outside of England. It remains to be seen what the future holds for Liverpool’s former club-record signing.


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