Liverpool News: Liverpool will be full of beans in this summer transfer window. Reports suggest that the Reds are considering the sale of their star youngsters Nathaniel Phillips and Neco Williams. But have agreed to sell them only if someone offers a combined fee of around £30m.
The sale will be purely to accommodate gaffer Jürgen Klopp with enough cash injection to further streamline his squad.
A heartbreaking end to the recent campaign saw Liverpool lose the Champions League final against Real Madrid. And with the imminent departure of their superstar Sadio Mané this summer, Liverpool would like to fill the void with a prominent signing upfront. Likewise, the Reds would further like to strengthen their injury-prone midfield.
Meanwhile, Klopp must also be keeping a close eye on arch league rivals Manchester City. The league Champions have already roped in Erling Haaland and Julián Álvarez to add to their explosiveness.
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After much deliberation, FSG and the German manager have decided to open the exit door for 25-year-old centre-half Nathaniel Phillips. The English international joined Championship club AFC Bournemouth on loan in January. He has played an influential role in helping the south coast club get promoted to the Premier League.
Phillips made 18 appearances for Scott Parker’s team. The 41-year-old manager is now reluctant to let him leave as they prepare for the top-flight league. As reported by The Sun, Liverpool are not willing to accept anything less than £15m for his services.
The English international came to the limelight at Anfield back in the 2020/21 season. His dominating presence in the backline proved to be vital after Virgil Van Dijk’s unprecedented injury.
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The Reds are further willing to accept a similar fee for their academy right-back, Neco Williams. The Welshman impressed in his loan spell at Fulham, making 15 appearances after joining them in January.
Like Phillips, he too played a pivotal role in the London side winning the Championship this season. In this six-month tenure, the 21-year-old scored two goals and registered two assists.
Both the young defenders are wary of their situation at the Merseyside club. There will be limited opportunities to get into the first team. While Trent Alexander-Arnold is an indispensable starter, the signing of Ibrahima Konaté has fizzled out any chances of game time for centre-back Phillips.
Therefore, it’s rational on their side to choose more playing time at this stage of their career.
Liverpool will surely look to go one step further in the upcoming season. And the cash generated from the sale of their two youngsters could go a long way in assisting Jürgen Klopp.