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Expensive Liverpool star’s next move becomes clear, with ‘positive talks’ held and greenlight given

Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino

Where Naby Keita will play next season is becoming clear after the exiting Liverpool star held positive talks and the player was described as “open” to signing up by a top source.

Much was expected of Keita when Liverpool acted early to trigger his £52.75m release clause a year ahead of his arrival in 2018.

However, injuries have ravaged the Guinea international’s time on Merseyside, with just 129 games played over a five-year span.

Keita is one of a number of midfielders Liverpool will wave goodbye to this summer. Joining Keita in leaving as free agents are James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arthur Melo will return to Juventus once his loan deal expires, while the Athletic claimed the Reds will entertain permanent offers for Leighton Clarkson despite a breakout season while loaned to Aberdeen last year.

Alexis Mac Allister has become the first to arrive as the midfield revamp takes hold. However, today’s update regards what’s in store for Naby Keita.

According to Sky Germany, the 28-year-old is in line to return to Germany where he remains highly regarded through his previous stint at RB Leipzig.

Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg tweeted it’s “confirmed” that Keita is in talks to join Bundesliga outfit, Werder Bremen.

The German side finished 13th last season and per Plettenberg, are “working on a transfer of Keita”.

A subsequent update shed further light on the situation, with the reporter confirming “positive talks” have been held between Bremen chiefs and Keita’s camp.

Furthermore, Plettenberg concluded Keita is “open to join Bremen on [a] free deal”.

Keita’s stint at Anfield will not be remembered fondly and the player represents a rare miss in the transfer market during the Klopp era.

With a midfield overhaul clearly required, Liverpool opted against offering Keita a new contract and a return to Germany with Bremen is now taking shape.

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