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Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne linked with move to Barcelona

Manager Luis Enrique is reportedly looking for a new right-back to replace Dani Alves who joined Juventus over the summer on a two-year deal

Published 28/10/2016

Liverpool's English defender Nathaniel Clyne (L) vies with Sevilla's midfielder Vitolo during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English defender Nathaniel Clyne (L) vies with Sevilla's midfielder Vitolo during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona have been linked with a sensational move for Liverpool and England right-back Nathaniel Clyne.

The La Liga giants are looking to replace Dani Alves who joined Juventus over the summer on a two-year deal after admitting life at Camp Nou had ‘become too easy’.

Barca are considering their options for the January transfer window and, according to The Sun, have identified Clyne as their number one target.

At only 25, Clyne has plenty of years left in the tank while his pace on the ball has also caught the attention of the Catalans.

Reports suggest that Barcelona have already taken the first steps towards striking a deal for the defender.

But with Clyne contracted at Anfield until 2020, it’s very likely a multi-million offer would need to be tabled in order to persuade Jurgen Klopp to do business.

The La Liga champions have been linked with a whole host of surprising names as they look to reinforce their options at right-back.

Rather unbelievably, reports in the Spanish media linked Glen Johnson to Camp Nou with rumours suggesting that manager Luis Enrique was in the market for a ‘low cost right-back’.

In the same reports, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Darijo Srna were also mentioned as potential targets.

Since Alves joined Juventus as free agent, both Sergi Roberto and Aleix Vidal have been utilised by Enrique to plug the gap in his side’s defence.

Liverpool's English defender Nathaniel Clyne kicks the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016.
AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool's English defender Nathaniel Clyne kicks the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS

But the Barcelona boss remains unconvinced by either and is reportedly attracted by what Clyne could bring to the side.

Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (R) celebrates after scoring their second goal during the EFL (English Football League) Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in Liverpool north west England on October 25, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (R) celebrates after scoring their second goal during the EFL (English Football League) Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in Liverpool north west England on October 25, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English midfielder Ovie Ejaria (L) vies with Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Harry Winks during the EFL (English Football League) Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in Liverpool north west England on October 25, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal during the EFL (English Football League) Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in Liverpool north west England on October 25, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the EFL Cup, round of 16 match at Anfield, Liverpool. PA
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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool (C) celebrates scoring his sides first goal with his Liverpool team mates during the EFL Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on October 25, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during the EFL (English Football League) Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in Liverpool north west England on October 25, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
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Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno (L) vies with Tottenham Hotspur's English defender Kieran Trippier during the EFL (English Football League) Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in Liverpool north west England on October 25, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino gestures on the touchline during the EFL (English Football League) Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in Liverpool north west England on October 25, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) during the EFL Cup, round of 16 match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Vincent Janssen of Tottenham Hotspur (R) is fouled by Ragnar Klavan of Liverpool (L) during the EFL Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on October 25, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English defender Kevin Stewart (R) vies with Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Tom Carroll during the EFL (English Football League) Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in Liverpool north west England on October 25, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
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Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (2nd L) scores the opening goal of the EFL (English Football League) Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in Liverpool north west England on October 25, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
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Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool stretches during the warm up prior to kick off during the EFL Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on October 25, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Simon Mignolet of Liverpool warms up prior to kick off during the EFL Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on October 25, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Fans outside of Anfield before the EFL Cup, round of 16 match at Anfield, Liverpool. PA
Fans outside of Anfield before the EFL Cup, round of 16 match at Anfield, Liverpool. PA
The goal line technology is tested before the EFL Cup, round of 16 match at Anfield, Liverpool. PA
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A Liverpool fan inside the stadium prior to kick off during the EFL Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on October 25, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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General view inside the stadium prior to kick off during the EFL Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on October 25, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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