RB Leipzig have shot down rumours that Naby Keïta could complete his move to Liverpool six months earlier than expected.
The Reds’ agreed a deal last summer that would see the Guinea international join the club in the summer of 2018 for around £48million.
With Philippe Coutinho having joined Barcelona in this window, Jurgen Klopp is now said to want another midfielder to arrive this month, and several sources have claimed that the club were looking into bringing Keïta’s move forward.
However Leipzig are not keen on this idea, and the Press Association has reported that Liverpool do not wish to strain their relationship with the Bundesliga club, and will not force the issue.
Reports in Germany claim that the player himself is keen to see a move pushed through now, although Leipzig head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl has dismissed the chances of this happening.
Talking in his pre-match press conference, Hasenhüttl said;
The situation hasn’t changed. We have always said that there’s no reason to let Keita leave early and that’s the way it will be.
Keita will play against Schalke this weekend and hopefully he’ll play well. That’s the only thing I’m interested in.