Naby Keita 'Has His Heart Set on Liverpool Move,' Says Titi Camara

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2017

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - APRIL 23: Naby Deco Keita of Leipzig controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and RB Leipzig at Veltins-Arena on April 23, 2017 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Former Liverpool and Guinea striker Titi Camara has suggested RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita "has his heart set" on a summer move to Anfield.

According to Paul Joyce and Gary Jacob of The Times, the Reds are keen to press ahead with a potential £70 million transfer for the Guinea international.

Camara offered his insight on Twitter, with speculation gathering pace:

The former Reds star also provided detail on the shirt number the player would like to wear if he were to make the move:

Keita was one of the outstanding players in the Bundesliga last season as the newly promoted team finished runners-up to Bayern Munich.

Although the reported valuation of the midfielder will raise a lot of eyebrows, Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe believes Keita would be worth the outlay:

If the 22-year-old can replicate his performance levels from last term over the next few years, then he may well be.

Keita was at the heart of Leipzig's charge up the Bundesliga table. The Guinean is a thoroughbred all-rounder, capable of winning the ball back for his team, bursting through the middle of the pitch and scoring goals.

Keita is excellent in so many different areas of the game.
Keita is excellent in so many different areas of the game.ROBERT MICHAEL/Getty Images

It's rare in the modern game to find players who are so multi-skilled. Squawka's Greg Johnson believes Liverpool would be signing a player with outstanding potential if they were able to get Keita and compared him to one of the world's best midfielders:

If the acquisition did come off, manager Jurgen Klopp would have exceptional depth in midfield next season.

Philippe Coutinho is expected to drop deeper following the signing of Mohamed Salah, meaning the Brazilian will be competing with the likes of Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can for starting spots.

Keita, a possible £70 million purchase, would also start the vast majority of matches for the Reds, too. Yet Leipzig, having qualified for next season's UEFA Champions League, would surely be reluctant to sell such a key player.