Liverpool transfer latest as in-demand Nathaniel Clyne could follow Alberto Moreno route
Liverpool have received several offers for Nathaniel Clyne – but the right-back could yet start the new season with the European champions.
Clyne has entered the final year of his current Reds contract with no suggestion of a fresh deal being negotiated.
The defender has attracted offers from several potential suitors already this summer, with Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and West Ham United among those being linked.
In May, Serie A side Napoli approached Liverpool for the 28-year-old, who is valued in excess of £10million by the club.
However, Clyne – who was among a group of players to report back for pre-season training at Melwood on Saturday – has as yet given the club no indication as to where he would prefer to play his football next season.
And that has opened the possibility of the defender staying and fighting for his place despite seeing first-team opportunities restricted in recent seasons.
Clyne was a mainstay during Jurgen Klopp’s first two terms in charge at Anfield, but a serious back injury and the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold restricted him to just four starts in 18 months.
That lack of action prompted Clyne – despite a shock 90-minute outing against Manchester United in December – to ask to leave on loan in January for Bournemouth, where he made 15 appearances.
Liverpool are under no pressure to sell Clyne, and have demonstrated in recent years with Emre Can, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno that they are willing to let players run their contracts down and leave for nothing if they can remain of use to Klopp.
And with Moreno’s departure having impacted the wide defensive options of the Liverpool manager, there could be scope for Clyne to provide backup as a specialist full-back.
Clyne is expected to feature when Liverpool begin their pre-season preparations with the trip to League One neighbours Tranmere Rovers on Thursday.