Burnley want Nat Phillips and have made an approach, according to reports. Liverpool have put a price on the defender as a result.
This comes from the Telegraph. They claim Burnley have made an approach to Liverpool over a move for Nat Phillips.
Liverpool are open to a deal, too. They’d want £10m as an initial fee, however, with add-ons kicking it up further. Only then could Burnley sign the player.
Burnley make Nat Phillips approach
This isn’t something we considered a year ago. It didn’t really look possible six months ago.
Phillips has enjoyed a magnificent rise in 2021, however. He found a spot in Liverpool’s first-team thanks to an injury crisis and proceeded to establish himself.
It took time, of course, but there was no doubt by the end of the season that Phillips was first choice at centre-back. Not only that, but he was playing well in a winning team.
Phillips now has Champions League knockout games on his CV, as well as a third-place Premier League finish. He’s risen from a reserve-calibre player to an established top-flight defender in under a year – it’s all quite remarkable.
So we’re not surprised that Burnley are interested. We imagine a few more will ask about him over the next month, in fact.
That feels quite cheap, in truth. Phillips looks good enough to start in the Premier League every week and that usually commands a much higher price.
What holds it back is that Phillips only really has about six months of regular football at a decent level. It’s unlikely teams will be gung-ho on him.
Liverpool might feel a little unlucky in that regard, then. Phillips is almost certainly a £15m+ player – possibly more. Without regular proof of that, however, it’s tough to achieve that price.
Especially as Phillips is now 24. He’s not a very young player and not someone who will rapidly improve or offer ten years of service. Again, that reduces his price.
It’ll be interesting to see how Liverpool work this one, then. They’ve got a player here who is potentially very valuable but only they really know his true value.
Jurgen Klopp and co. see him in training every week and know how good he is. They’ll have to work hard to convince others to see Phillips their way. Only then will they get the ‘right’ price for him.
Maybe we’ll see some interesting clauses put into this one. A buy-back, possibly? As big fans of Phillips, we’d quite like to see that one.