Barcelona target Nathaniel Clyne in shock transfer news

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Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool in action with Timi Elsnik of Derby County during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Derby County and Liverpool at iPro Stadium on September 20, 2016 in Derby, England.
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According to Express Sport, Barcelona is eyeing Nathaniel Clyne as an upgrade on Aleix Vidal and Sergi Roberto after Dani Alves moved to Juventus in the summer.

The shock rumour comes after it emerged yesterday, as reported by Football Whisper, that Manchester City is looking into signing Clyne and would be willing to pay as much as £35 million to prise him from Liverpool’s clutches.

Sergi Roberto and Aleix Vidal have both played at right-back for the Catalan giants this season and neither are natural fullbacks with the former a midfielder and the latter a winger. The result has been that teams have targeted Barca’s right side in a bid to exploit their obvious defensive weakness.

Sergi Roberto of FC Barcelona clears the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between FC Barcelona and Celtic FC at Camp Nou on September 13, 2016 in Barcelona, .
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If Express Sport is believable then Luis Enrique is interested in signing Nathaniel Clyne to eradicate any defensive insecurities that Dani Alves’ departure has caused.

The Englishman would go a long way to shoring up the right side of what is otherwise a usually reliable defence and would be capable of playing Barcelona’s glittering attacking football as the former Southampton man has been a key part of Liverpool’s attack. According to Squawka.com, Clyne has made 13 key passes and create 14 chances in nine Premier League games this season.

It is highly unlikely that Liverpool will want to sell Clyne as there isn’t really a more complete fullback on the market that has the ability or knowledge to play in the Premier League and at 25 years of age, the England international has enough experience to aid Liverpool’s challenge for trophies in this season and future campaigns.

Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on August 27, 2016 in London, England.
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Having beaten Manchester United to his signature last year, Liverpool will look to hold on to Clyne and as Klopp has said in the past, all decisions with transfers rest with him. Why exactly would he want to sell Clyne? What makes the news more ridiculous is Barca’s alternative to signing Clyne is an ex-Liverpool fullback: Glen Johnson. Alright then.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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