Jurgen Klopp has joked that Liverpool’s next bid for Naby Keita will be €300million.
The Reds boss has placed the Red Bull Leipzing midfielder at the top of his wanted list and has now seen three bids turned down by the Bundesliga club.
The club’s opening offer of £58million was rejected and their second bid of £66million was also turned down. Klopp then put forward what has been described by The Times and Bild as a take-it-or-leave-it offer of £75million.
That was subsequently rejected too by Leipzig, leaving Klopp to see the funny side of his side’s pursuit of the 22-year-old.
According to The Independent, he told Sky Deutschland: “Our next offer for Keita is €300m!”
Whether or not his comments pout towards another move for Keita or whether Klopp has resigned himself to the fact that Leipzig are not going to sell remains to be seen.
Klopp did though confirm he was joking and a €300m move was not in the offing, but then said he would not be discussing Liverpool’s transfer business.
Leipzig sporting director Ralph Rangnick recently stated that he believes the Guinea international is being poorly advised and insists too many outside people are offering their thoughts on his future.
Rangnick said: “There should be someone who points them into the right direction.
“The boys themselves are not the problem here. It is their surroundings.
“A whole village in Guinea or somebody from their entourage tells the players why they must do something right away. I can’t blame the players.”
Schalke’s Leon Goretzka has been touted as a possible alternative if Liverpool fail to sign Keita.
Klopp has begun looking at a contingency plan, and believes countryman Goretzka would be a suitable alternative, according the Daily Mirror.