·9 June 2023
·9 June 2023
As the echoes of football chants fade, Naby Keita, Liverpool’s formidable midfielder, is anticipated to chart a fresh course, voyaging back to Germany. As Sky Germany reports, this news follows after positive discussions have taken place with his future team.
Keita’s Liverpool tenure, which started with immense promise, tapered off significantly over half a decade. Unlike the resonant departures of Roberto Firmino and James Milner, the Guinean international exited Anfield with muted trumpets, leaving a trail of unfulfilled expectations from his £52.75 million transfer.
In spite of the turbulent end to his Anfield story, Keita’s stock remains high. As such, it’s reasonable to infer that the midfielder would not be short of summer suitors. The Bundesliga, in particular, seems to be serenading the 28-year-old back to its fold.
Leading the chase for Keita’s signature, according to Sky Germany, is Werder Bremen. The club, who finished 13th in the Bundesliga, has allegedly already engaged in advanced discussions with the player and his management team.
Keita appears to be welcoming the prospect of adorning the green-white of Werder, and positive sentiments echo from the negotiation table. SPORT1’s Patrick Berger alludes to Keita’s willingness to accept a considerably trimmed salary package to facilitate this move.
German sports publication BILD suggests that the deal is rapidly progressing, with a medical test slated for next week and a three-year contract poised to be inked.
Keita’s future, however, is not free from speculation. The interest from other Bundesliga giants such as RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund, both having been linked with the Guinean in the past, lurks in the shadows.
Leipzig recently bid adieu to Konrad Laimer, who swapped allegiances to Bayern Munich. Keita may find the proposition of stepping into Laimer’s shoes at the Red Bull Arena – a familiar turf where he honed his skills for two years – appealing.
Dortmund, on the other hand, are bracing for life after Jude Bellingham’s departure to Real Madrid and Mahmoud Dahoud’s exit to Brighton. Whether these clubs would risk signing a player whose Liverpool stint was marred by persistent fitness issues remains an open question.
As we await the unfolding of this drama, Naby Keita’s Liverpool saga serves as a reminder that football is an unpredictable game, on and off the pitch.