Anfield hope to snap up Nou Camp back up man.
Liverpool have made contact with Barcelona over Mali midfielder Seydou Keita.
According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo, Kenny Dalglish’s side have been in touch with the La Liga champions over a January move for Keita but they will face stiff opposition from Russian super-spenders Anzhi.
The 31-year-old has started just five of the Catalan side’s 11 La Liga games this season and could opt for a huge final pay-day with a move to the Russian club that already boasts Roberto Carlos and Keita’s former Barca team-mate Samuel Eto’o.
Keita was Pep Guardiola’s first signing when he joined from Sevilla in 2008 and is under contact at the Nou Camp until 2014. Barcelona would be able to demand up to £14m for the holding midfielder.
This would be most surprising a move given that Liverpool reportedly have a policy of signing players who are either at the beginning of their careers or have good sell on value potential. I.e. players who are not over 30 years of age, or indeed anywhere near 30, so a move to sign Seydou Keita would be mighty surprising.
However perhaps a move to bring in the experienced battler may well be a good idea, not least as Brazilian international Lucas seems to be Kenny Dalglish’s only out and out defensive midfield option. However there is one serious flaw in any potential January move for the 31 year old former Marseille, Lens and Sevilla star, namely his participation in the African Nations Cup, which could see the player out of contention from club football for up to eight weeks!
Keita has been a bit part player at the Nou Camp throughout his three and a bit season at the Catalan giants, which is not to say that he hasn’t been a hugely important player to Pep Guardiola at times of need.
Seydou Keita has made 162 appearances for Barcelona since his move to the Nou Camp in May 2008 but 61 one of these came from the bench and over his time at the Catalan club his starts have become more and more infrequent as his spot more often than not has been taken by Sergio Busquets.
Though Liverpool brought in the likes of Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing in the summer to boost their central and wide midfield roles there is a case for more additions that would add further steel and determination to the club’s squad and whilst Keita may be a little old for the club’s long term plans a move to bring someone in in this area seems likely.