The German pundit suggested that Leipzig’s price tag on the Guinean international, close to £70million, was a hint that the Bundesliga side is not prepared to sell the player.
Keita had a breakout season for the German side and was one of their standout players.
Despite playing in a deeper role, the 22-year-old Conakry-born notched eight goals and seven assists in 31 Bundesliga appearances.
Due to the midfielder’s dynamic displays, has been compared to N’Golo Kante whilst he has also inherited the nickname Deco, after the former Barcelona and Portugal legend who possessed similar attributes.
Honigstein posted a tweet regarding the Reds’ pursuit of Keita claiming that it won’t be fruitful, despite the player's eagerness, as the Bundesliga side are pricing all the clubs out for Keita.
Before this all gets too messy. 1) I have been told that Keita wants to go. 2) I believe RBL's €80m or nothing stance is genuine. — Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) June 26, 2017
my hunch is they mean exactly what they say. they're asking crazy money because they don't want to sell - not to achieve a good price. — Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) June 25, 2017
Die Bullen are also expected to make their debut Champions League campaign in the new season after finishing second in the German top tier last campaign.