Edu now wants to bring £53m midfielder to Arsenal for free, years after he rejected Wenger

Arsenal want Klopp man as his Liverpool contract runs downs, years after Arsene Wenger attempted to lure him to North London.

Liverpool are expected to overhaul their midfield options in 2023.

Jordan Henderson and Thiago are into their 30’s, Fabinho has been poor this season and Arthur Melo’s loan spell is unlikely to turn permanent.

James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are all out of contract this summer and may well leave Anfield for free.


All three players are bound to have suitors elsewhere and Keita may well find some Premier League offers on his agent’s desk.

90Min report that Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are all keeping tabs on Keita’s situation.

The Guinean can leave for nothing next summer and there has been little indicating that a new deal will be signed.

Arsenal will be in the market for a midfielder in 2023 but it’s hard to see where Keita fits.

Would he play high and wide like Granit Xhaka? We’ve never really seen it before, nor have we seen him play a lone holding role like Thomas Partey.

Still, Arsenal may feel that Keita on a free transfer – after Liverpool paid a whopping £53million to sign him from RB Leipzig – is too good to pass up.

Injuries have held Keita back and a fresh start at Arsenal could be just what he needs.

A move to Arsenal would also be interesting given that he rejected a move there just a matter of years ago.

Keita was quoted in 2016 as saying that Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Southampton all tried to sign him from RB Leipzig.

This was during Arsene Wenger’s time at the club but Keita felt it wasn’t right for him to join a Premier League giant at the age of just 21.

RB Leipzig won the race instead and just a year later, Liverpool secured a £53million deal with the Bundesliga club.

“Arsenal, Manchester City and Southampton were all interested in signing me and Liverpool as well, although I did not speak with their coach,” said Keita.

“I did not want to join a big Champions League club right away. It is too early for that. I want to prove myself in the Bundesliga first now,” he added.

Fast forward some six years and Arsenal are now back in the hunt for Keita and could finally complete a deal that Wenger was never able to pull off.


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