Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita is at the top of Borussia Dortmund’s wish list next summer, according to a fresh transfer rumour which has emerged.
The Lowdown: Keita’s injury troubles continue
The Guinean’s time at Anfield has been extremely frustrating, with fitness problems continually holding him back in his quest to reach his potential.
The 27-year-old is out of contract at Liverpool next summer, and despite his stop-start Anfield career, he likely won’t be without suitors if he decides to move on.
The Latest: Dortmund eye up Keita move
According to Bild, Dortmund see Keita as a primary transfer target in 2023 as they eye him up on a free transfer.
Jude Bellingham is widely expected to leave the Bundesliga giants at the end of the season, so it could be that the Liverpool man is seen as a replacement for the 19-year-old in the middle of the park for Dortmund.
The Verdict: Right time to leave?
Keita is an excellent player when he is fit and firing – Virgil van Dijk has called him ‘world-class’ in the past – but his inability to stay fit is a huge problem for Jurgen Klopp.
The Guinean has only started 72 games in four-and-a-bit years for Liverpool, so for that reason, next summer could be the time to finally part ways with the midfielder, potentially even bringing in Bellingham in a cash-plus-player deal.
Ultimately, Keita’s Reds career looks set to be defined as an injury-prone one if he can’t rid himself of his fitness woes.
If he can prove himself once he returns to action, there may be a chance of him signing a new deal, but it feels more logical to let him go judging by his time at Anfield so far.
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