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Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan ramp up interest in Liverpool midfielder Klopp is fed up with

Fabinho, Naby Keita, Liverpool, February 2022

Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan are both interested in signing Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita on a free transfer this summer, according to reports.

The 28-year-old’s current deal at Anfield is set to expire at the end of the season and it is believed that the Reds have decided against offering him a new contract.

As a result, Keita has attracted the interest of several European clubs, with Dortmund and Inter now believed to be leading the race.

This is according to Football Insiderwho claim that both sides are keen on snapping up a bargain deal for the Guinean in the coming months.

It’s no secret that Jurgen Klopp is looking to revamp his midfield ahead of next season, with Keita, along with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both set to depart, as previously reported by TEAMtlk.

Liverpool are also firmly in the race for Dortmund star player Jude Bellingham, who could cost in excess of £130m this summer.

However, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Manchester City are also competing for his signature, so there could be a bidding war for the 19-year-old’s services.

Dortmund will have to replace Bellingham if he does leave, so it’s no surprise to see them interested in Keita.

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Klopp left frustrated by injury-prone Keita

Since moving to Liverpool from RB Leipzig in 2018, Keita has featured 129 times for the Merseyside club overall, scoring 11 goals and making seven assists in the process.

The midfielder has played a key role in the Red’s recent success, too, helping them to lift one Premier League title, a Champions League, an FA Cup and a League Cup.

However, this season Keita has only made 12 appearances across all competitions, with a hamstring injury resulting in him missing large parts of the season.

Indeed, it is believed that Klopp has been left frustrated by the Guinean’s lack of availability, hence the decision not to extend his time at Anfield.

In fact, during his five-year stint on Merseyside, Keita has missed a total of 84 games through injury.

As mentioned, Dortmund will have to find a new centre midfielder should Bellingham leave this season, as expected.

On the other hand, Inter Milan manager Simone Inghazi also wants to improve his midfield this summer, so Keita could be an excellent signing for them too.

Keita certainly has experience playing at the very highest level and if he can recover from his injury problems, there is no reason why he can’t continue doing so for years to come.

With that in mind, it will be interesting to see where the midfielder ends up next season. With him available on a free transfer, he could prove to be one of the bargains of the summer.

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