Report: Liverpool now asking for £5m less to sell 'incredible' defender this summer
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Report: Liverpool now asking for £5m less to sell 'incredible' defender this summer

Liverpool have reduced their asking price for centre-back Nat Phillips this summer.

That’s according to The Express, who claim that The Reds are now looking for £10m to let Phillips go. Liverpool were previously said to be after £15m for the defender.

However, they’ve now reportedly been forced to drop the asking price to ‘invite bidders to the table.’

Bournemouth are claimed to be ‘keen’ on a deal after showing ‘strong interest’ earlier in the window. That interest never materialised into an offer though, and Liverpool’s hand has now reportedly been forced.

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Someone heading for a bargain this summer

If this is accurate, then it has to go down as a little bit of shame. On the back of Phillips’ form for Liverpool and subsequently Bournemouth, he looks more than worthy of Liverpool’s original demands.

During his spell in the Liverpool first eleven, Jurgen Klopp called him ‘incredible’ via liverpoolfc.com. More recently, he has done relatively well in pre-season, earning praise from none other than Virgil Van Dijk.

As a result, it remains a small mystery as to why none of the interested parties were willing to make an offer earlier in the window.

Instead, Liverpool have reduced their asking price. Phillips is now once again left in limbo with the new season just around the corner.

Bournemouth facing competition for Phillips

Hopefully The Reds don’t have to lower their demands any further. £10m for a player of Phillips pedigree is par for the course. At twenty-five he is still young enough to have sell-on value and could improve further.

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Bournemouth have been the club most readily linked with Phillips, but they’re apparently not the only ones interested.

According to Goal, Fulham are ‘fans’ of the defender and could still make a move. Furthermore, two Serie A sides are claimed to be ‘monitoring’ the situation as well.

If Liverpool can indeed get ‘bidders to the table’ with their lower asking price, perhaps there is still a chance for a bidding war to ensue.

It still remains uncertain that Phillips will get the chance to leave the club this summer. This is the clearest indication yet though that Liverpool are working hard towards that end.

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