Liverpool reporter claims Dortmund join Bundesliga clubs interested in Naby Keita – Liverpool FC

Although the position within Liverpool is that Naby Keita is happy and won’t leave until the end of the transfer window, another Bundesliga club are now interested.

The summer transfer window closes at 11pm on September 1 and there are still a number of Liverpool players who could be away.

A decision will be made on the future of Nat Phillips and Sepp van den Berg, which will largely depend on the fitness of the older centre-backs, while a host of youngsters could be loaned out.

Most intriguing, however, is the situation surrounding Keita, who reports in Germany are ‘unhappy’ with his playing time and considering an exit.

The Guinean still has less than a year left on his contract, and if Liverpool want to recoup some of the £52.75million they paid to sign him from RB Leipzig in 2018, they should sell this summer or January .

But the club’s word is that Keita is not for sale and talks will continue over an extended deal, with Jurgen Klopp insisting he hasn’t heard of any unhappiness from his No.8.

However, Leipzig have already been credited with an interest in re-signing Keita, and now the MirrorDavid Maddock has named Dortmund among his suitors.

This obviously presents the tantalizing prospect of a player-plus-cash deal with Dortmund for longtime Liverpool target Jude Bellingham.

It’s highly unlikely – almost impossible – that Dortmund will allow Bellingham to leave this summer, with a transfer instead expected in 2023, but perhaps a similar, delayed deal to the one that brought Keita to Anfield could be agreed.

However, that would still leave Klopp short of midfield at the moment if Keita is sold before the deadline, with the manager himself stating that in the unlikely event that the 27-year-old leaves, “there has to be a substitute”.

“Sell Naby now? And not replace it? No, that’s not possible. Of course not. But that’s not the plan,” he told reporters last week.

“We’re not stupid, so we think a player can leave and we don’t replace him. No that’s not true.

“Naby won’t go, but if he wants – which he won’t – there must be a replacement. Of course, it is clear.