The definition of exorbitant, from dictionary.com, is “exceeding the bounds of custom, propriety, or reason, especially in amount or extent; highly excessive.”
And that makes this RB Leipzig Tweet from sporting director Ralf Rangnick explaining why it will not sell Naby Keita to Liverpool ahead of its scheduled summer agreement truly funny.
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The translation says, “This was only possible, if we would have achieved an amicable solution in the sense of an exorbitant extra transfer payment.”
Keita scored Saturday as RB Leipzig went second in the Bundesliga table.
The club announced in another Tweet that it wanted to put an end to all speculation early in the January window, and that Keita and his representatives had accepted their decision, so those Liverpool fans hoping for a Virgil Van Dijk-level reversal from a selling club should be disappointed.
And, if you missed the news, VVD is hurt.
RB Leipzig is a new club with massive ambition. Much to the chagrin of many fans, Leipzig has gone from nothing to a UEFA Champions League club in under a decade.
When we say nothing, we mean nothing. Leipzig didn’t exist until 2008, but massive investment has helped the new boys rocket to second place in the Bundesliga, 18 points clear of fifth place.
Forward Timo Werner got a lot of the headlines, but it’s hard to look past influential midfield duo Emil Forsberg and Naby Keita as the prime reasons for Leipzig’s success.
The 25-year-old Forsberg is a left-sided player, mostly in the midfield, while 22-year-old Keita is a menace who functions anywhere in the midfield.
Even those who’ve never seen Keita play will know his name from the transfer rumor mill, with Jurgen Klopp said to be a massive admirer of the Guinean. Keita posted eight goals and eight assists last season, and reportedly has a release clause of more than $60 million that will go into effect next summer.
So, naturally, many expected Leipzig to cash in on both players. But Forsberg has a contract through 2022 and Keita, 2020. Keita reportedly wants a move to Liverpool, and a report claimed the Leipzig president wouldn’t stand in his way.
But sporting director Ralf Rangnick, who used to manage the club, says the opposite.