How PSG missed out on signing Naby Keita in 2016

The Journal du Dimanche reports today that PSG missed out on signing Naby Keita in 2016, despite sending a team of negotiators at the time to Austria to negotiate with the player’s club Red Bull Salzburg.

The 22-year-old will join Liverpool next summer for a record fee for the Premier League side, but the former Ligue 2 player, who was at Istres just three years ago, was made available by the French second division side for €500k to Bordeaux, Montpellier, Guingamp and Monaco, who all turned down the chance to sign the player.

Gérard Houllier, now Lyon adviser, was in charge of Red Bull’s transfers, and eventually facilitated Keita’s move to RB Salzburg for a total agreement of around €1.5m. Keita performed well in Austria, and PSG even sent a negotiating team in 2016 to try to sign the player, but were informed that Keita had already been promised to franchisee RB Leipzig for €15m, which was where the story ended.


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