In one of the most surprising pieces of transfer activity during the January transfer window in La Liga, former Barcelona star Seydou Keita joined Valencia on a short-term deal.
The Mestalla outfit beat a number of clubs to his signature, with the Mali international midfielder admitting days after the window shut that he held talks with Liverpool.
His deal at Valencia, however, was seen as nothing more than a short-term replacement for the injured Chelsea loanee Oriol Romeu and the out-going Ever Banega, though the 34-year-old quickly established himself as a key first-team regular.
He started nine games in La Liga, and another seven games in the Europa League as Los Che were cruelly eliminated on away goals in the semi-final after a 3-3 draw with fellow Spanish outfit and eventual winners Sevilla.
Following Keita’s impressive displays, the Valencia board made it a summer priority to tie him down to a new one-year deal. However, if reports are to be believed, he already has his mind set on joining another team.
According to the Spanish newspaper AS, the former Barcelona star was offered a Valencia contract extension two weeks ago, an offer which still hasn’t received a response.
The paper go on to say that Seydou Keita won’t continue at the club as he is tempted by Liverpool's project, and it is Anfield where he is expected to end up.
The Reds can offer Champions League football now and they will need to add experienced players to their squad if they wish to juggle the European nights whilst maintaining a Premier League title challenge.
Naturally a defensive midfielder, Seydou Keita represents a fine alternative to fellow Liverpool midfielders Lucas Leiva and Steven Gerrard and he his inclusion may even allow the latter that freedom and safety to do what he does best and roam forward.