Leicester are reportedly keeping tabs on £52m Liverpool central midfielder Naby Keita ahead of the summer transfer window.
According to Football Insider, Leicester would be willing to make a move for Keita if Liverpool make him available for transfer at the end of the season.
The report does not state how open Liverpool would be to cashing in on Keita, but claims they value him at around £30m.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Whilst cashing in on Keita, who they signed for £52m, may not be the worst decision for Liverpool to make, selling him to a direct rival could be a bad move by the club. Leicester are currently third in the Premier League table and seven points clear of Liverpool, which means that the Reds could end up strengthening a club they could be competing against next season in the division.
Liverpool could be better off finding a club from outside of England to sign Keita. The midfielder has struggled since arriving at Anfield and has only made seven Premier League starts this season. He has not been able to maintain a consistent run of games, through form and fitness, and this has made him an unreliable option for Jurgen Klopp as it is impossible to tell when he will be fit to play throughout a season.
This means that Liverpool could benefit from selling him this summer and replacing him with a midfielder with a better record of staying fit and avoiding injuries. However, they should still avoid selling him to a Premier League rival on the off chance that he does suddenly string together a run of games and make a positive impact for them next season, possibly harming Liverpool’s chances of achieving their goals.
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