Nathaniel Clyne

Napoli in surprise swoop for Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne

As per a report from the reliable Neil Jones of Goal.com, Serie A outfit Napoli have made an approach for Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne.

Clyne joins Bournemouth

Following a largely-successful first 2 years on the books of Liverpool, 28-year-old right-back Clyne fell heavily out-of-favour under Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp over the last couple of seasons.

The emergence of both Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold, coupled with a number of injury problems, had seen Clyne manage just 3 Premier League starts between the beginning of last season and this past January.

As such, it came as little surprise when it was confirmed that the English international had been allowed to depart Merseyside on loan for the remainder of the campaign, with Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth having confirmed Clyne’s arrival on the 4th of January:

Bournemouth vs West Ham

Clyne subsequently went on to establish himself as a crucial member of the Cherries’ backline over the second-half of the campaign, appearing in 14 of the club’s 17 Premier League fixtures during his Vitality stint.

Nathaniel Clyne

Nathaniel Clyne during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

As such, rumours have since suggested that Bournemouth will attempt to make Clyne’s arrival permanent in the summer, though Neil Jones of Goal.com has also named as West Ham as potential suitors of the Liverpool-owned stopper:

Serie A switch?

As per Jones’ latest update this morning, though, the aforementioned Premier League duo have been joined by another surprise suitor in the race for Clyne’s signature.

The outfit in question are Italian giants Napoli.

The Partenopei are known to be on the lookout for reinforcements at full-back, having been heavily-linked with Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier of late.

Clyne, though, is likely viewed as a more affordable option, with Liverpool said to be demanding £15 million for the out-of-favour Englishman:

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