Manchester United have dropped their interest in Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne according to reports.
Manchester Evening News now suggest Liverpool are the front-runners for the Englishman’s signature, despite having a £10 million bid rejected. They claim Man United were scouting the defender earlier in the season but have now ended their interest in 24-year-old.
Two weeks ago, Southampton’s director of football, Les Reed, said discussions over Clyne’s new contract were ‘very, very positive‘, indicating an extension is on the cards.
Given the distinct lack of available right-backs in the current market, it would come as a surprise to hear Louis van Gaal is not interested in Clyne.
That being said, PSG boss Laurent Blanc has ruled out a move for Dani Alves so he does remain another possibility.
With Rafael da Silva out of favour and likely to leave this summer, United do not have a natural right-back as part of their squad and it’s a key area that needs to be strengthened this summer.
Van Gaal is looking for balance in his squad and the right-back position is one that is currently being occupied by Antonio Valencia, a winger turned makeshift defender, so you can see the urgency for a new arrival.
If Clyne is not on United’s radar, one would assume the club are confident of securing the services of another player but who that is remains to be seen.