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RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita could cost Liverpool £50m this summer

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - MARCH 11:  Naby Keita of RB Leipzig gestures during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and VfL Wolfsburg at Red Bull Arena on March
Image: Naby Keita has been linked with a summer move to Liverpool

Liverpool face a battle to sign highly-rated midfielder Naby Keita from RB Leipzig as the German club fight to hold on to their most prized assets this summer.

The Reds have been linked with a move for the 22-year-old, who scored eight goals in 29 appearances in his debut season in the Bundesliga after joining Leipzig from sister-club Red Bull Salzburg.

Keita played an integral role in Leipzig's surprise challenge for the German title and Jurgen Klopp is rumoured to be a huge admirer of the Guinea international.

STRATFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 14:  Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between West Ham United and
Image: Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is rumoured to be a fan of the Guinea international

However, Leipzig insist they have no reason to sell their best players as they look to build a squad capable of competing in the Champions League next season.

"We have decided that we will not sell any player from our starting line-up," chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff told The Times.

"Ralf Rangnick [Leipzig's sporting director] told this to our team at the end of the season. We will keep our team together and keep on developing."

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - APRIL 15:  Naby Keita of Leipzig celebrates his team's third goal with team mate Timo Werner during the Bundesliga match between RB Leip
Image: Keita scored eight goals in his debut season in the Bundesliga

Leipzig are expected to only consider offers over the £50m mark for Keita, while another of Liverpool's summer transfer targets - Virgil van Dijk - is likely to cost the same.

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Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with the Southampton defender, who only recently signed a new six-year contract with the Saints.

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