Barcelona wanted RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita before Liverpool deal – Mintzlaff

Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes talk Barcelona's transfer strategy heading into the January window after president Josep Bartomeu mentioned the club might be looking to buy.
RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has said Liverpool beat Barcelona to the signing of Naby Keita, adding that Barca "didn't try as hard" to get him.
Guinea international Keita, 22, will join Liverpool at the end of this season, with Leipzig having blocked an immediate move as they prepared for their first Champions League season.
Speaking to Sport Bild, Mintzlaff said the persistence of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had helped secure the deal.
Asked whether Klopp's determination had been key, he added:…Original Article

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