Don Hutchison says Liverpool could possibly ‘offer Naby Keita‘ in order to sign Borussia Dortmund’s sought-after star, Jude Bellingham, during the summer transfer window, as he told ESPN.
The former Liverpool player thinks Jurgen Klopp’s side need to perhaps be ‘cute’ in the transfer market and ensure they don’t panic as they bid to sort out their midfield issues.
Like many of the top and elite teams across Europe, Bellingham is at the top of Liverpool’s transfer wishlist, with the forthcoming summer set to result in an interesting tussle for the 22-cap England star’s signature.
Those at Anfield, first and foremost, need to do the business on the pitch and that’s securing Champions League football this season, or else, they can wave goodbye to players like Bellingham.
Get over that line, then things could become very interesting in the summer because whoever signs Bellingham, from Real Madrid to Chelsea, it could prove to be a game-changing transfer.
Either way, Hutchison shared how those in the Anfield boardroom can perhaps win the race for the 19-year-old, including offering Keita the other way and ‘speaking to’ Bellingham’s parents.
“Now it’s panic stations,” said Hutchison. “You have to make sure, you don’t just panic. Even if you can do all the work behind the scenes.
“Speaking to Jude Bellingham’s mum and dad. Speaking to Dortmund. Speaking to the player. Trying to be cute and offer maybe a Naby Keita to Dortmund, or whatever you see fit.
“But they have got to make sure that they don’t just panic.”
NABY KEITA’S LIVERPOOL FUTURE
The 27-year-old is out-of-contract in the summer and Liverpool are set to lose out on some big dough if he does indeed leave for nothing.
Now, the Reds could extend his current contract, only to use him as part of another deal in the summer or get some sort of transfer fee for him.
Either way, fans are expecting players like Keita to no longer be at the club in 12 months because his injury-hit time on Merseyside hasn’t progressed a career that was supposed to bring so much promise when he initially joined from RB Leipzig.