Media reports on Friday gave a glimpse of the type of fee Liverpool are likely to ask in negotiations to sell Nathaniel Phillips.
Stopper Phillips was, of course, granted a new loan during the January transfer window.
After struggling for playing time in the first half of the season following the return of Virgil van Dijk and the arrival of the talented Ibrahima Konate, it was decided that a temporary stay away from Anfield would be best for Phillips. Development.
The 25-year-old, meanwhile, has been promoted to the league and will remain at AFC Bournemouth for the remainder of the season.
And to say that his time at Vitality Stadium was a later success would be to take it lightly.
Having quickly established himself as a mainstay at the heart of the Cherries defence, Phillips’ impressive form proved crucial as Scott Parker’s men sealed a return to the Premier League with a league 2nd place finish.
The Reds have made demands
Ahead of their return to English football’s top flight, it should therefore come as no surprise to learn that Bournemouth have already expressed an interest in keeping their loan defender at the club on a permanent basis this summer.
However, Liverpool are completely unlikely to make it any easier for the Cherries.
It comes amid reports from the Liverpool Echo that those in power at Anfield have informed their counterparts at Vitality Stadium they will not part ways with Phillips unless an offer of around £15million arrives.
Meanwhile, competing interest is expected to emerge when the summer window reopens.
🚨 NEW: Liverpool have told Bournemouth they want around £15m for Nat Phillips – and expect more interest in the defender when the transfer window opens this summer. #awlive [Liverpool-Echo] pic.twitter.com/cQSBl4z3jh
– Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) May 13, 2022
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