Liverpool has been backed to “do a Keita” this summer, with Borussia Dortmund preparing to sell prodigious American midfield cameo Christian Pulisic in 2019.
Liverpool has run riot in the transfer window as the Merseysiders succeded the race to acquire the signatures of some of the biggest names around. Reds have come out of their orthodox transfer spending style and are not hesitating to splash the cash on top players and £170 million outlay reflects it.
Moreover, Liverpool is consistently linked with Borussia Dortmund’s teenage sensation Christian Pulisic whom the club valued at €70 million. In this feature, according to various reports, Liverpool may replicate ‘Keita move’ of last summer.
The Reds agreed on a deal with RB Leipzig to sign long-term target Naby Keita a year in advance in 2017, with the Guinean eventually joining for pre-season.
Despite a difficult process negotiating with sporting director Ralf Rangnick, this proved to be an excellent piece of business from his opposite number Michael Edwards.
And now Liverpool could do the same as Dortmund eye a move for Pulisic next summer when the teenager will enter the final year of his contract.
In this regards, German football expert Rafael Honigstein believes the deal could happen.
“If the situation doesn’t change as far as extending his contract is concerned, he will then definitely be sold in the summer of 2019,” he told ESPN.
“That puts things in an interesting context because if you know that as a club now you wouldn’t necessarily have to force a deal through in the summer, you could say ‘what about next summer?’
“I think Liverpool, who have been very smart in recent years, could do almost like a Keita.
“Say to him ‘you know what, next summer Dortmund have to sell you, why don’t you come to us then?’
“[They could] do a deal now. Of course, [approaching players] is not strictly legal, so it has to be very quiet, but it is being done all the time.
“I think that’s a very realistic scenario.”
It would be an absolute astute signing for the Reds as to respect with Pulisic’s prodigious talent and remarkable trait of creativity. Again, it would be like an alarming bell for the rival clubs.