By Daniel Moxon – @dmoxon_
Nathaniel Clyne’s days as a Liverpool player have been numbered ever since the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold as a first-team regular.
The Englishman is currently still on the books at Anfield, having spent the latter half of the last season on loan at Bournemouth where he was able to get some much-needed game time under his belt.
The consensus is that his return to the North West of England will be brief, though, as the Reds look to cash in on the right back while his value is still reasonable.
West Ham United have expressed an interest, while the Cherries are said to be keen on taking him to the Vitality Stadium on a permanent deal, but a report from Goal states that Serie A giants Napoli have already made an approach to sign Clyne, valued at around £15m by Liverpool.
This would be a good deal for all parties. The Reds would receive a good fee for a player surplus to requirements, Napoli would gain a seasoned professional with plenty of experience at a high level, and the player would have Champions League football to look forward to.
But the move would depend on factors other than agreements on fees and contracts. The Italian side already have a full quota of capable right backs in the form of Kévin Malcuit and Elseid Hysaj, so Clyne’s San Paolo stay on the continent would depend on the latter’s exit.
The Albanian has been linked with a move away from Napoli for a while now and a reunion with former boss Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea looked likely. That option is still very much a possibility, while Inter Milan has also been touted as a potential destination as Sime Vrsaljko’s loan spell from Atletico Madrid comes to an end.
There’s no reason why Clyne wouldn’t be chomping at the bit for a move to a side of Napoli’s calibre, but the Englishman will likely have no shortage of potential suitors should a space fail to open at the Partenopei.