Naby Keita: To Stay or To Go?

MAINZ, GERMANY - APRIL 05: Naby Keita of Leipzig celebrates his team's third goal during the Bundesliga match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and RB Leipzig at Opel Arena on April 5, 2017 in Mainz, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images)
Naby Keita: To Stay or To Go?

Liverpool has normally been a club that has had no issue trying to get some of the top young talent in the world. But it seems one of their top targets this summer looks set to either stay or head over to Manchester City or Manchester United. Naby Keita is one of the top targets around with his incredible season in the Bundesliga for RB Leipzig.

Since he had such a hugely impressive season, he has become a top target for clubs in England and even the German giants in Dortmund and Bayern Munich have been keeping tabs on the Guinea national team star. The fee that RB Leipzig are reportedly looking for is 50 million euros.

During this season, Keita was a part of 32 matches and was able to slot home 8 goals while notching 7 assists during the campaign. He was able to create loads of chances all year and his play in the midfield was crucial to Leipzig qualifying for the Champions League with a second place finish in the Bundesliga. Granted it was a 15-point difference between Bayern and RB Leipzig, but the team finished higher than anyone thought they ever would this year.

So what would make leaving the club look so lucrative to Keita? I think it would be easy to point and say it would all be for money, and frankly it would be a great time to cash in for the player, but possibly he wants to secure his long term future elsewhere. At the moment he’s just focused on next season:

“I am a young player who never cares about rumours or what appears in the newspapers. I am now looking forward to a well-earned holiday and then to next season.”

“This is like a dream!”


As we have seen so many times before, when a team makes the Champions League for the first time, it becomes increasingly harder to find success as all of your eggs are not in one basket anymore, they are spread all over and players are playing a lot more matches than they are used to. If he moves away to a club that can qualify every year or at least have the chance to, then Keita could be involved in the top club competition in the world, every single year.


On the flip side, he could stay and become one of the top players in the world while increasing the clubs footprint in Germany and in Europe as a whole. If I had to take a guess right now, I think that he will stay at RB Leipzig this season then move abroad next summer in a similarly priced deal. Now to where I do not know, but it would seem according to BILD a few days ago, he prefers a move to Manchester City to work with Pep Guardiola instead of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. If that is to be believed, then it looks like we will have yet another talented midfielder at the Etihad.

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I am the English Premier League Staff Writer for TST. Manchester City supporter, USMNT critic, and all round footy lover.

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