Nathaniel Clyne’s meteoric rise in the last two years has seen him recently linked with Liverpool and Manchester United, but Southampton are understandably keen to keep him away from the two biggest clubs in English football.
The Saints right back has been elevated to England’s first choice in that position, overtaking Kyle Walker, Phil Jones, John Stones, Calum Chambers and Chris Smalling for the role – as well as the Reds’ own Glen Johnson.
Clyne has made 55 tackles in the Premier League this term – at least nine more than any other player according to WhoScored – and has demonstrated impressive aptitude going forward.
Southampton are naturally desperate to tie down one of their greatest assets, and the Daily Telegraph state the south coast club will offer him a significant increase on his current salary to fight off attention elsewhere.
Liverpool’s Johnson is out of contract in the summer, and talks on a new deal have not progressed; the club are understandably reluctant to renew the 30 year-old’s terms at his current wages of £110,000 per week.
Javi Manquillo has impressed in spells since moving to Anfield, but despite encouraging signs is not yet of the requisite standard to start at right back every week for a top side.
Our decision on recruiting a right back likely rests on Johnson’s contract, Manquillo’s progress and Jon Flanagan’s fitness – but should we enter the market, we would certainly welcome Nathaniel Clyne to Liverpool.