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Barca Midfielder Linked With Anfield Transfer

Barcelona midfielder, Seydou Keita, has opened up the possibility of leaving the Catalan giants, with Liverpool rumoured to be interested in offering him a new challenge.

According to The Sun, Keita has said that a fresh challenged is something that interests him, after a January move to Merseyside failed to materialise.

He said:

“A challenge elsewhere would appeal to me and Liverpool are a great team with great players.

“We will wait until the end of the season and see what happens. I love Barcelona. It’s difficult to find a better team than them but I’m ambitious and want to play football every week.”

Mali international, Keita has made only 15 appearances in La Liga this season and it is understandable that he is looking to play regular football.

Barcelona do rate the 32-year-old quite highly, but it is difficult to get into a midfield which contains Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas, meaning an offer from Liverpool would be tempting to Keita.

Liverpool have just won the Carling Cup, and are expected to challenge for further honours next season as they continue to re-build. Playing in the Premier League, in a team that is challenging for several competitions, is not something that every 32-year-old footballer is offered.

I imagine that Liverpool see Keita as a short-term option. He has played in big games and has won many competitions, so they probably hope he can help some of the youngsters around him to progress. They also could do with some cover in midfield, as Jordan Henderson is yet to find his best form – perhaps the added competition for places will help him.

Whether Liverpool still want Keita remains to be seen. He can be brought in on a free transfer, but the multiple Champions League winner will command a considerable wage. Kenny Dalglish may prefer to spend big on a younger player, who offers more potential and the opportunity of re-sale.

This sounds like an agent, trying to drum up interest in an ageing client who is looking to move in the summer. The difference here though, is that it is a move which could suit all parties.

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