Liverpool have told Bournemouth they want around £15million for Nat Phillips – and expect more interest in the defender when the transfer window opens this summer.
Phillips was a huge success after joining the Cherries on loan in January and made 18 appearances to help bring Scott Parker’s side automatically back to the Premier League.
The centre-back is said to have enjoyed his time at Bournemouth with the south coast side now considering making the move permanent.
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And they have been told Liverpool will be accepting offers of around £15m for a player who has already cost Bournemouth a £1.5m loan fee. The Reds also pocketed a £250,000 bonus due to Bournemouth’s promotion.
Liverpool, however, are in no rush to cash in on Phillips. The 25-year-old signed a long-term contract last year and the Reds are anticipating interest from several clubs in the coming months. As things stand, the player is expected to start pre-season with Liverpool in the first week of July.
Phillips is in a similar situation to Neco Williams, who spent the second half of the season on loan at Fulham and impressed while helping them win the league title past Bournemouth.
Phillips enjoyed a breakthrough season at Liverpool in 2020/21 when he was put on duty due to the Reds’ injury crisis at centre-back, making 20 appearances and becoming a key figure in the break-in which saw the Jurgen Klopp’s team win the Champions League. qualification.
However, the return to fitness of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez meant Phillips was limited to just three outings this term before making a temporary move to Bournemouth.