Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has been linked with a move away from the club at the end of the season, with Borussia Dortmund setting sights on him.
According to a report from SportBild, Borussia Dortmund are keen on signing Naby Keita in the 2023 summer transfer window. The 27-year-old faces an uncertain future at Liverpool after encountering several fitness issues and falling down the pecking order.
Naby Keita will be a free agent next summer, with his Liverpool contract expiring at the end of the 2022/23 season. There have been rumours of a potential renewal, but the two parties have not been able to come to an agreement yet.
The Guinean midfielder completed a £53 million transfer to Anfield in the summer of 2018, but he has had a torrid spell in the Premier League club so far. Keita’s time with Liverpool has been plagued with injuries, and he has not been able to showcase his true potential on Merseyside.
It will be interesting to see whether the Guinean international is looking for a fresh start at the end of this season. The former RB Leipzig midfielder arrived with massive expectations, and he was handed the recently vacated number eight shirt of former club captain Steven Gerrard. Although Keita’s talent is beyond any doubt, his durability has proven to be a major concern for Liverpool over the last few seasons.
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool can agree on an extension with the midfielder in the coming months. Otherwise, it would make sense for them to cash in on Keita during the January transfer window. Losing a £53 million signing on a free transfer would be a blow for any club.
Meanwhile, Keita played his best footballer in the Bundesliga, and it is not surprising that Borussia Dortmund are willing to take a gamble on him. His contract situation means that he could be available for a knockdown price in January or for a free transfer at the end of the season.
In both cases, his transfer would not represent a substantial risk for the Bundesliga giants. Furthermore, Jude Bellingham has been linked with a move away from the club at the end of the season, with Liverpool among his prospective suitors. And Keita could be his replacement.
The 27-year-old is still very much at the peak of his powers, and he could be a top-quality acquisition for the German club if he can stay fit. It will be interesting to see if Keita returns to the Bundesliga after the end of his promising yet frustrating Liverpool spell.