Liverpool have made clear that fresh-faced winger Ryan Kent is very highly regarded within the walls of Anfield.
In fact, The Sun reported in March that they were planning to offer the 20-year-old a new long-term contract to ward off interest from Bournemouth and Leeds United after Kent piqued their interest with a fine season on loan at Barnsley in 2016/17.
However, every player has his price and the publication adds that Liverpool may be tempted to sell if Bournemouth stump up £6 million – 12 months after they shattered their transfer record to bring Jordan Ibe to the South Coast.
The report claims that Liverpool will demand a buyback clause in any deal to take Kent to the Vitality Stadium – showing that they believe he can develop into one of England’s top young players.
And this could have ramifications for Celtic’s hopes of bringing Kent over to Glasgow. Manager Brendan Rodgers, sacked by Liverpool almost two years ago, insisted that Parkhead is the ideal environment for young Premier League loanees, Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts the prime example (Herald Scotland)
And The Sun claimed that Liverpool were hoping to replicate Roberts’ inspired move to Celtic by bringing in Kent on loan this summer.
However, if Celtic were to challenge Bournemouth, it appears that they could be forced to stump up a hefty transfer fee to sign him permanently instead.
And paying £6 million would make Kent the club’s joint-record transfer, level with John Hartson and Chris Sutton.
Rodgers admitted that he would be prepared to break Celtic’s transfer record this summer for an exciting, attacking player, per the Daily Record. Though whether he thinks Kent is the right man remains to be seen.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers