By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool will do battle with Manchester City for full-back Ryan Bertrand with Southampton ready to sell, according to a report.
Former senior Sky Sports reporter Graeme Bailey has wrote for the Gambling Times that the south coast club are ready to cash in on the 27-year-old left-back with the Reds and City both interested.
It is detailed that the Saints view youngsters Sam McQueen and Matt Targett as Bertrand’s replacement at the club and that they will get the chance to more than double their money on the England international brought in for £10million in February 2015.
Both Liverpool and City are in need of a left-back with James Milner currently occupying the role for the Reds, while the ageing Gael Clichy has been playing in the position for Pep Guardiola’s side in recent weeks.
Bertrand is just coming into the peak years of his football career and this season he has played in 25 of Southampton’s 34 league matches and he is still contracted to the Saints until 2021.
However, he may look for a move to a bigger club in one final move before his thirties, while Southampton are also regressing under Claude Puel and are currently sat in 10th place.
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool are in desperate need of a left-back and Bertrand would certainly be a very smart signing for the club. The Reds have a good history of purchasing from Southampton in recent years and it is felt that Bertrand could be the next to make the step up from the Saints. However, like previous deals the full-back won’t be going to Liverpool on the cheap and having proven himself in the Premier League as well as the England player premium and Manchester City interest it is likely he will cost upwards of £20million. Therefore, this deal should depend on how much of a budget Jurgen Klopp has to spend this summer.
In other Liverpool transfer news, this 23-year-old Premier League ace is ready to push for a Reds move.