Manchester United have cooled their interest in right-back Nathaniel Clyne, giving Liverpool hope of capturing the Southampton man, reports The Guardian.
Clyne is yet to renew his deal at St Mary’s which runs out next year and United were known admirers of the former Crystal Palace defender.
But the latest developments are that Louis Van Gaal will overlook Clyne in his search for a new right-back.
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Liverpool are also in the market for a right-back in place of Glen Johnson who won’t be staying beyond his contract, and opened the bidding on Clyne with a £10 million offer which was subsequently rejected, according to the same report.
Youngster Javier Manquillo, on-loan from Atletico Madrid, has endured a difficult season and Jon Flanagan had knee surgery last month leaving Brendan Rodgers on the look-out for a Johnson replacement.
Clyne’s performances in one of the best defences in the Premier League were enough to earn an England call-up and he has since established himself as the number one choice for Roy Hodgson.
If Clyne is willing to take the same route as Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana to Anfield then Rodgers will be signing an accomplished player going forward as much as defending.
Lovren’s transfer to Merseyside is example to file under ‘the grass isn’t always greener on the other side’. Clyne may cast his mind back to last summer and decide to continue his work under Ronald Koeman.
The European Championships in France are waiting at the end of next season and a transfer beforehand would be a risk.
If Liverpool are are successful in capturing Clyne, they will need to significantly improve their offer knowing the cost England internationals demand in today’s market.