Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has claimed Naby Keita’s potential transfer to Leicester from Liverpool is all about the money.
Campbell says that Liverpool will only sell Keita to their Premier League rivals if Leicester are able to offer them enough money in order to buy a replacement.
Speaking to Football Insider, Campbell offered his thoughts on Keita’s future. “I think Liverpool would sell Keita to Leicester if the money is right.
“It is just a matter of the money.
“Naby Keita wants to play and he isn’t going to be playing regularly at Liverpool. If they can do some business for him in the summer it would make sense.
“His sale could lead to another player being brought in and that is the name of the game. He hasn’t settled so it might be a case of moving him on and bringing someone else in.
“If the money is right then I think there is an opportunity for him to leave. Injuries have just decimated his Liverpool career so far.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
As Campbell says, selling Keita could give Liverpool the funds to go and sign another midfielder to take his place. The Reds are reportedly interested in 18-year-old midfielder Ryan Gravenberch, who is said to be available for around €35m (£30m) this summer. This means that Liverpool could rake in £30m from Leicester for Keita and replace him with Gravenberch without having to spend any extra money, although it is unclear what the difference in wages would look like at this time.
However, would that be a good swap for Liverpool? In the Champions League this season, Gravenberg has averaged more aerial battles won, ground duels won, forward passes, tackles made, ball recoveries and passes attempted per 90 in comparison to Keita. The Liverpool man beats Gravenberg in chances created, interceptions and clearances per 90, whilst Keita is also eight years older than the Dutchman.
This means that Liverpool could potentially be getting a better, or at least similarly gifted, player who is eight years younger for the same price. Gravenberch, at 18, has plenty of room to growth which also means that he could develop further and increase his own value, potentially allowing Liverpool to sell him on for profit in the future if he is able to fulfil his potential.
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