Liverpool FC will have to wait until the summer for Naby Keita to complete his move from RB Leipzig, according to the German club’s CEO Oliver Mintzlaff.
The Reds were relentlessly linked with a move to land the Guinea international in the summer months and managed to agree a deal for the midfielder to join the Merseyside outfit at the end of this season.
With that deal already in place, there have been suggestions that Liverpool FC could try and bring the move forward so that Keita moved to Anfield in the January transfer window.
However, Leipzig chief Mintzlaff has ruled out the possibility of that happening and says that Keita will officially become a Liverpool FC player on 1 July, as the two clubs had originally agreed.
“Neither Naby nor his agent have made the request to leave the club in the winter,” Mintzlaff told German newspaper Bild.
“There are contracts, and they say that he will be a Liverpool employee from July 1 onwards.”
Liverpool FC have already made their first signing of the January transfer window after completing a big-money deal to sign defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.
The Reds are bound to be linked with a host of other names as Jurgen Klopp considers further bolstering his squad in the mid-season window.
Meanwhile, Klopp is currently preparing his team for their crunch clash against Everton in the third round of the FA Cup on Friday night.
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