Liverpool dealt fresh blow in £70million chase for Naby Keita as RB Leipzig claim 'nothing' will make them sell midfielder

It is understood Keita himself wants to leave the club after helping them to a second place finish in the Bundesliga last term but Leipzig are resolute in their stance

Naby Keita is one of Jurgen Klopp's top targets this summer
Naby Keita is one of Jurgen Klopp's top targets this summer

Liverpool's hopes of prising Naby Keita away from RB Leipzig have been dealt another blow.

The Guinea international is one of Jurgen Klopp's top targets this summer with the club prepared to break the bank to secure the services of the 22-year-old midfielder.

It is understood Keita himself wants to leave the club after helping them to a second place finish in the Bundesliga last term but Leipzig are resolute in their stance.

And speaking at the unveiling of their latest signing, former PSG forward Jean-Kevin Augustin, sporting director Ralf Rangnik reiterated their desire to keep hold of all of their best players.

"We will definitely not be letting any key players go," he said. "There's nothing that will make us budge. It's totally normal for clubs to be interested in our players, but that doesn't affect our stance on the matter."

Klopp is expected to be busy this summer as he attempts to build a squad capable of competing both in the Premier League and Champions League next term.

Mohamed Salah has already arrived in what could become a club record deal from Roma while Chelsea's Dominic Solanke has also joined following the end of his contract at Chelsea.

Reds boss Klopp is eyeing as many as seven new signings this offseason with Keita seen as a crucial piece of the recruitment drive.

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