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Naby Keita

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by rurikbird, Apr 18, 2017.

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Should we sign Naby Keita this summer?

  1. Nah, he's not what we need.

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  2. I guess so... If Klopp wants him he must be good

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  3. Yes, I'm a fan – sign him up pronto!

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  4. No chance, he's too good/too expensive for us

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  1. rurikbird

    rurikbird Very Well-Known Honorary Member

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    For the last few months we've been consistently linked to one of the most exciting young midfielders in the world, so I think it's worth to profile him a little bit.

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    Name: Naby Keita
    Age: 22
    Height: 172cm
    Position: Central midfield
    Country of birth: Guinea (18 caps)
    Current club: RB Leipzig
    Attacking stats: 8 league goals and 8 assists in 24 starts for Leipzig, 32 career senior goals overall
    Disciplinary record: 6 yellow cards and no reds this season, no direct red cards in all of his career so far.
    Kicker score: 2.72 (9th overall in the Bundesliga and 2nd to Thiago among CMs)

    Some press quotes from the Echo:
    And from ESPN:
    The Deco connection is not accidental. Keita actually changed his middle name (not sure if he did it officially, but it is this way on the social media) to Deco and he clearly models his game after the Brazilian-Portuguese playmaker (and apparently dreams of playing for Barcelona). He also seems to follow a clear plan in terms of his career development, declaring last year that it was "too early for me to join a Champions League club" and also seems to be a loyal type, having followed former Schalke manager Ralf Rangnick from RB Salzburg to their sister club in Leipzig.

    One more thing to note is the recent health scare:
    Many newspaper articles have mentioned that Keita is at the top of Klopp's list for CM additions this summer. Other clubs who are reported to be interested are Arsenal (Wenger spoke to Keita personally last year before he decided to join Leipzig) and Spurs. The only monetary figure that has been floated around was £26M.

    Finally, here's a decent Youtube video that shows a range of his qualities:
     
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    KopRed Active Member

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    Will he be involved in the ACN?
     
  3. rurikbird

    rurikbird Very Well-Known Honorary Member

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    Hard to predict, because Guinea is not one of Africa's stronger teams and doesn't always qualify for the final tournament. They didn't qualify in 2017, but did in 2015. He only played 4 national team games last year and none this year.
     
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    Ryan The Prophet Member

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    I watched a few RB games over the last few months, and this guy sticks out like a sore thumb. He's electrifyingly good, so clearly we won't be signing him.
     
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    Leipzig might not be allowed to play CL next year. Could affect their ability to hold on to him for next year. Also him and Mane have the same agent looking after their interests, which might help us in getting the deal done.

    RB Leipzig rose from Germany's fourth tier to the Champions League in four years but could be banned by UEFA as Austrian sister club Red Bull Salzburg close in on qualification

    • RB Leipzig have secured Champions League qualification via the Bundesliga
    • However, RB Salzburg are likely to do likewise via the Austrian Bundesliga
    • The pair were founded and constructed through investment from Red Bull
    • UEFA regulations dictate that no two clubs run by the same body or financed significantly by the same investor may compete in Europe at the same time
    By Kit Holden for MailOnline

    On Saturday, the bullpen was opened. The gate is swinging on its hinges, and the beast which has rampaged through German football in the last few years is about to be set loose on Europe.
    With a 4-0 victory over Freiburg, RB Leipzig secured their place in the Bundesliga top four and qualification for the Champions League. Six points from their last five games would be enough now to secure direct qualification.
    It is just the latest development in Leipzig's astronomical, Red Bull-financed rise. In 2013, the club were still in the fourth tier. In 2017, they will emerge on to Europe's biggest stage.


    However, for their fans there is a possibility that they could be banned from European football
    Or will they? For months now, a question mark has hung over Leipzig's qualification for Europe. Questions over the role of their main sponsor Red Bull and their relationship with sister club Red Bull Salzburg have thrown the club's compliance with UEFA rules into doubt.
    In a worst-case scenario, Leipzig could be denied a licence to play in European competition, or be hit by sporting sanctions. UEFA's lawmakers may yet succeed where RB's Bundesliga rivals failed, and destroy their Champions League dream.
    So how likely is that turn of events? And why are Leipzig in trouble in the first place? Sportsmail has the lowdown.
      
    And that's due to sister club RB Salzburg are closing in on Champions League qualification too

    The problem for RB is that they are effectively part of a footballing franchise. They are one of several clubs founded and constructed through investment from Red Bull. In next season's Champions League, they could theoretically be pitted against their Austrian counterparts Red Bull Salzburg - who currently sit top of the Austrian Bundesliga and therefore would qualify for Europe too.
    UEFA regulations, however, dictate that no two clubs which are effectively run by the same body or financed significantly by the same investor may compete in European competition at the same time.
     
  6. Hansern

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    Bayern are interested in him though, that may end our chances of getting him if Leipzig decides to sell.
     
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    keniget Very Well-Known Member

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    Well, we've proven a pretty good route into Barca / Real over the years.

    Sounds like we don't have a shot at getting him.
     
  8. dmishra

    dmishra Well-Known Member

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    What about Tielemans? Weren't we linked with him too recently?
     
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    hmmmmm1 Very Active Member

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    If we get top 4, we will probably sign him.
     
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    Holle Wanna see my cellar? Member

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    He's Bayern bound.
     
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    Hass Very Active Member

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    Bayern signed Rudi from Hoffenheim. Not sure if they'll want to add yet another midfielder to their ranks. Of course I could be wrong

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    Hansern Part of the Furniture Member

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    Xabi is retiring, but with the recent comments from Ragnick I dont think its a given that he'll end up at Bayern.
    Will be a battle to sign him though. Without CL footy we dont stand a chance.
     
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    LeTallecWiz Mo(ssa)d Administrator

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    I read somewhere he may end up at Monaco ... perfect 'launching pad' for his career.
     
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    rurikbird Very Well-Known Honorary Member

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    What did you think of his teammates Forsberg and Timo Werner? @Ryan
     
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    Nice video - i like that his first instinct looks to be to carry the ball forward and beat a man.
     
  16. Dreambeliever

    Dreambeliever Looking on the brightside Member

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    Looks like the type of player Southampton buy for 15m then we buy off them for 40m the following season.
     
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    Agreed he does look a bit like Wanyama and Mane ;)
     
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    Keita will NOT end up at Soton and he'll demand a fee way higher that £15M should he be moved on. Looked a pretty phenomenal player this season and will be difficult to sign for anyone.

    Forsberg would be an upgrade on Lallana imo but I am not so sure how we'd accommodate the pacy, yet rather small forward Werner. He needs a big guy beside him and would potentially be wasted on the wing. I am not sure Klopp needs him.

    Actually, I am not even sure Leipzig will sell any of their star players, they don't have to and are sitting 2nd in the Bundesliga. They will play in the ChL next season for the first time and more or less all of their key players have been with them since 2nd Bundesliga why I guess they are a pretty homogeneous group. I guess we will have to look elsewhere or spend insane amounts.
     
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    You sure about that?
     
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    rurikbird Very Well-Known Honorary Member

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    Forsberg an upgrade on Lallana? That's a pretty bold statement. A bit of scandinavian bias, perhaps?

    Timo Werner is 181cm, same height as Firmino. Didn't see him all that much, but he seems to be an orthodox #9 who can lead the line on his own.
     

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