Liverpool in talks to agree deal for 27-year-old Serie A midfielder

By | July 8, 2022

Liverpool are reportedly in talks with Serie A giants, Juventus over a surprise swap deal involving Naby Keita and French midfielder, Adrien Rabiot.

Injuries have bedevilled Naby Keita during his four years at Anfield, and he finds himself behind Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson in the pecking order.

The Guinea international also one year left to run on his deal with Jurgen Klopp’s team, although the Merseyside Reds chiefs supposedly intend to hand him an extension.

As things stand, however, Naby Keita will become a free agent at the end of the next campaign, and the Merseyside Reds could therefore try to strike a deal for the 27-year-old midfielder with another club this summer rather than lose him for nothing in 2023.

According to Calciomercato, the Reds and Juve are considering the possibility of sending Rabiot and Keita in opposite directions, as the former is also out of contract in 12 months’ time.

Rabiot was a regular in Massimiliano Allegri’s XI last term, making 45 appearances in all competitions, including 28 starts and two assists in Serie A.

Meanwhile, Keita has played 116 games for the Reds over the past four years, racking up 11 goals and providing seven assists, however, he has missed a further 62 appearances through various fitness woes.

The 2021-22 campaign saw the ex-RB Leipzig man register four goals and three assists in 40 appearances domestically and continentally, however, he only played 14 starts in the English top-tier.