Liverpool's pursuit of Naby Keita has suffered a blow with RB Leipzig declaring “there's nothing that will make us budge” from selling key players this summer.
Reports overnight suggested Keita and his representatives held talks on Wednesday with the Bundesliga side during which he reiterated his desire to move to Anfield.
However, it also emerged the Guinea midfielder “will not spit on Leipzig” having helped them to the Champions League last season.
The German outfit have consistently declared they have no intention of allowing the likes of Keita and similarly in-demand Emil Forsberg to depart during the transfer window.
And Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick has reiterated that stance by saying: “We will definitely not be letting any key players go. There's nothing that will make us budge.
“It's totally normal for clubs to be interested in our players, but that doesn't affect our stance on the matter.”
Rangnick was speaking on Thursday at the unveiling of new Leipzig signing Jean-Kevin Augustin, the French striker who has joined from Paris Saint-Germain.
However, Guinea journalist Amadou Makadji has hinted the remarks won't signal the end of Keita's intention to join Liverpool.
Asked on Twitter if the deal was now dead, he responded: “No. There will be another meeting between the player and Leipzig this week.”
Source: Liverpool Echo
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