According to reports, Borussia Dortmund is preparing for life without Jude Bellingham by considering a transfer for Naby Keita, a midfielder for Liverpool.
The centre of the pitch now offers a variety of possibilities for Dortmund coach Edin Terzic. Candidates for the BVB starting lineup include Emre Can, Salih Ozcan, Mahmoud Dahoud, Giovanni Reyna, and Bellingham.
With seven Bundesliga starts from seven games this season, English prodigy Bellingham is one of the first names on the team sheet. But the 19-year-old is drawing more and more attention, and Dortmund will have to fight to keep him after 2023.
According to a source, Dortmund would be open to accepting an offer of roughly £83 million as long as the money is paid up front. That will produce a feeding frenzy of interest and the German club’s official are already looking for a replacement.
Keita, a player for Liverpool, may be that replacement. Bild claims that Dortmund is keeping an eye on Keita’s contract status and ready to move for the player.
According to the source, the Bundesliga club is “hot” on Keita.
Next June, when his contract expires, Keita will be a free agent, and BVB wants him to join them in 2023–24.
Since the beginning of the year, Keita and Liverpool have been in contract negotiations. Although discussions are still in progress, according to Fabrizio Romano, there has been “a lot of attention surrounding him.”
Although there haven’t been any formal offers for the 27-year-old, it makes sense considering his contractual status. But the more people are likely to be interested in him, the longer his condition persists without a contract renewal.
Keita needs “assurances” before the game.
The international player from Guinea should not be allowed to leave Liverpool for free. In the summer of 2021, they lost Gini Wijnaldum due to identical issues. However, the club also stated that they would not be prepared to provide contracts that were too expensive.
Keita’s circumstance is a little different because he won’t be 28 until February. He ought still still be able to perform at a high level for at least another two years. Keita’s troublesome injury history is his main issue.
This season, the £52.75 million addition has not yet been utilised. He only started 14 games in the Premier League last year.
It’s a delicate situation with Keita reportedly demanding “assurances” over his game time after finding himself in and out of Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.
Keita may look for a new home and a team which will guarantee him first-team football. He is also no stranger to the Bundesliga having scored 14 goals from 58 appearances for RB Leipzig.