Naby Keita could leave Liverpool at the end of the season, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur interested in signing the Guinean international.
According to a report from 90min, Nabil fekir will be a free agent at the end of the season. And the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are hoping to snap up the 27-year-old Liverpool midfielder on a free transfer.
Liverpool signed Naby Keita from RB Leipzig four years ago for a fee of around £52 million. However, the transfer has not worked out as expected. Despite being blessed with prodigious talent, the player has never quite justified his transfer fee because of persistent injury problems.
Keita is yet to play this season because of niggling injury issues, and Liverpool seem reluctant to offer him a contract extension. The report from 90min claims that the player’s representatives wanted a contract extension at the start of the season, but Liverpool refused to give in to their demands.
It seems that Keita is now unhappy with the situation, and it will be interesting to see how his future unfolds. The likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are looking to add more quality and depth to their midfield and view the 27-year-old Liverpool midfielder as a quality option.
Tottenham are lacking in depth as far as their midfield unit is concerned. And Keita would be an excellent alternative to Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. As far as Chelsea are concerned, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho have been linked with moves away from the club at the end of the season.
Chelsea will thus need to bring in someone like Keita. Being able to sign the Liverpool midfielder on a free transfer would represent a massive bargain for both Tottenham and the Blues. Meanwhile, Arsenal will likely relish the opportunity to bolster their midfield department by landing Keita.
The report further claims that Keita has interest from clubs in France, Italy, Germany and Spain. Barcelona have recently shown interest in him, and it will be interesting to see where the 27-year-old ends up eventually.
There is no doubt that the Liverpool midfielder is a top-class player on his day. But his injury problems have stopped him from realising his world-class potential. If Keita can get over his persistent fitness issues, the 27-year-old would be an exceptional acquisition for most clubs in the world.
It remains to be seen whether the player decides to stay in the Premier League beyond this season, thus keeping Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham in the picture. He will be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs when the transfer window opens in January.