Liverpool star Naby Keita is ready to seal his Anfield exit at the end of the season, it has been claimed.
Liverpool star Naby Keita is already ‘one step outside the door’ as he closes in on an Anfield exit at the end of the season, transfer insider Dean Jones has told GiveMeSport.
The central midfielder has been on the Reds’ books since completing a move worth close to £53million in 2018, but boss Jurgen Klopp may have to start preparing for life without the former RB Leipzig man.
Liverpool transfer news – Naby Keita
According to respected journalist Florian Plettenberg, Keita is on the verge of leaving Liverpool as a free agent in the summer.
The Sky Sports Germany reporter suggests the 27-year-old is unlikely to pen a contract extension on Merseyside and he has gained interest from numerous clubs across Europe.
Keita entered the final six months of his £130,000-per-week deal at the turn of the year, meaning he is able to sign a pre-contract agreement with an overseas admirer.
It is understood that the Guinea international has become increasingly frustrated with life at Liverpool and is seeking an exit despite Klopp being keen on agreeing fresh terms.
The development comes after transfer guru Fabrizio Romano recently told GiveMeSport that the Reds are not in advanced talks over a new contract with Keita.
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What has Dean Jones said about Keita?
Jones believes Keita is already on the cusp of sealing his Liverpool exit and is prepared to walk away as a free agent.
A host of Reds stars are out-of-contract in the summer, including the likes of Roberto Firmino and James Milner, but the transfer insider feels the central midfielder needs to move onto pastures new to get his career back on track.
Jones told GiveMeSport: “With Keita, he is at a different stage of his career. To be honest, I’d say he’s got one step outside the door already and he looks ready to leave at the end of the season.
“He probably just needs a new environment right now to give him a reboot and get his career going again.”
Who could Keita join if he leaves Liverpool in the summer?
According to 90min, Keita is fielding offers from across the continent and a return to former employers Leipzig is under serious consideration.
The report suggests a host of Bundesliga sides are showing an interest, while Lyon, Monaco, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur are also mulling over whether to pounce when his Liverpool contract expires.
Keita has struggled with injuries throughout his Reds career, with Transfermarkt statistics showing he has been ruled out of more than 80 fixtures.
But widespread interest in the ex-Red Bull Salzburg man, who has won a host of trophies during his time with Liverpool, should not come as a surprise as he has racked up 94 goal contributions in 303 appearances over the course of his club career.
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