Sport Leipzig's Keita to face Schalke amid early Liverpool move reports

16:51  11 january  2018
16:51  11 january  2018 Source:   Goal.com

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RB Leipzig ’ s Naby Keïta could move to Anfield this month having originally agreed to join in the summer. They also face Napoli in the last-32 of the Europa League next month, although reports in He was pictured at training on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s match against Schalke amid

Klopp: No early Liverpool move for Keita . RasenBallsport Leipzig midfielder and Liverpool transfer target Naby Keita plays for two men, according to Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel after his side' s opening Bundesliga victory.

Naby Keita: Liverpool-bound midfielder Naby Keita © Provided by Goal Liverpool-bound midfielder Naby Keita

Naby Keita will play for RB Leipzig against Schalke in the Bundesliga on Saturday, despite reports his transfer to Liverpool will be moved forward.

A deal for Keita, believed to be worth £48million, has been set for the end of the season, with Jurgen Klopp previously denying the Anfield club would try to complete the move during the January transfer window.

But reports suggest Liverpool - cash-rich following this week's club-record sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona - are keen to negotiate with Leipzig over an early switch for the midfielder, which it is claimed could cost an extra £18m.

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Keita won't join Liverpool yet - RB Leipzig . Wenger confirms Coquelin Valencia move . Meanwhile, as Schalke prepare to face Keita ' s RB Leipzig side this weekend, Christian Heidel joked that Jurgen Klopp should step up his efforts to sign Keita this week.

Keita won't join Liverpool yet - RB Leipzig . Wenger confirms Coquelin Valencia move . Meanwhile, as Schalke prepare to face Keita ' s RB Leipzig side this weekend, Christian Heidel joked that Jurgen Klopp should step up his efforts to sign Keita this week.

However, Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl told reporters on Thursday that Keita remains a part of his plans for the foreseeable future.

"We've always said that there is no reason for us to let him go earlier," Hasenhuttl said.

"So he will play at the weekend against Schalke. Keita's job is to play football. I have no doubt that he will not do that on Saturday.

"The last impression you leave is the one that stays the longest. During the last year-and-a-half he's played many great games for us, maybe the last six months he hasn't always performed at the highest level.

"I think he'll try his best to be remembered in the best possible way. I'm convinced he won't waste that chance."

Leipzig face a battle for Champions League qualification, sitting fifth in the Bundesliga ahead of the return from a mid-season break.

Ceballos can leave Madrid if they sign replacement .
Liverpool target Dani Ceballos can leave Real Madrid this month on the condition that Los Blancos sign a replacement, according to the Express. A whole host of names have been flung into Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho replacement hat but one of the strongest contenders has been Ceballos. The Riyad Mahrez links have been played down, while RB Leipzig have confirmed Naby Keita will remain in Germany until the summer. Ceballos has had a tough beginning to life at Madrid, featuring just 15 times, a permanent or loan move away to play regularly is what the 21-year-old needs especially with the World Cup just around the corner. The Spaniard is also wanted by his former club, Real Betis, who are said to be his favoured destination if any move does materialise. Ceballos earned a move to the reigning European champions through his form in the European U21 Championships, a tournament in which he won the Golden Ball. He clearly has the ability but Ceballos has not been given a sufficient run of games to show why Real spent around €18 million on him. Jurgen Klopp has stated he will only enter the market for the right player despite having the money to spend after the sale of Coutinho.

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