Napoli have made an approach for Nathaniel Clyne, according to Goal. The outlet claims Liverpool have set a £15m price tag.
Clyne is now surplus to requirements at Anfield, having spent the last half of the season on loan with Bournemouth.
It’s been a quick turnaround in fortunes, too. Clyne was undisputed first choice before picking up an injury ahead of the 17/18 season. That provided an opportunity for Trent Alexander-Arnold – one that he took better than anyone predicted.
Alexander-Arnold looks set to become one of the very best full-backs in the world. Unfortunately for Clyne, that leaves him without regular football.
If Clyne were younger, he could perhaps stay. He’s 28, however, and the idea of a player who isn’t going to develop further sitting on the bench won’t sound good to Liverpool. It’s not one that will be particularly enticing for Clyne, either, who must want to play regularly at his age.
On top of that, Clyne is entering the final year of his deal. Not only will his value depreciate as he gets older, but this is the final year that Liverpool can get money. Unless he signs a new contract, of course, but that makes little sense for both parties.
Napoli are potentially offering an ideal solution for Clyne and Liverpool. The reported £15m asking price would mean the club actually makes a profit on Clyne’s fee, too, having signed him for £12.5m four years ago.
All in all, this proposed deal makes sense for everyone involved.