The Liverpool Echo has reported that Liverpool will have to up their game if they still hold an interest in signing Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton.
The paper suggests that Manchester United are ready to dig their heels in over the fight for the right-back, with Liverpool needing to substantially up their original offer to the Saints, £10 million, if they want to get their man.
The paper states that United are expected to make a move for Clyne at some point in the near future, following Brazilian defender Dani Alves’s decision to sign a new contract to stay at Barcelona.
The paper claims that Southampton want a fee of £15 million for the player, which is certainly something Liverpool could afford if the club’s board are prepared to back Brendan Rodgers in the transfer market.
The problem is that if United now start making offers, it could be difficult for Liverpool to cope should a bidding war break out between the two clubs.
United showed last summer the power they possess financially, as they spent close to £90 million on two deals alone for Luke Shaw and Angel Di Maria.
All Liverpool can do is make their best offer for the player and then stress why they are a better club for the future of the player than the Old Trafford side.
It will be interesting to see which way he sways.