Besiktas are making a big attempt to sign Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne during the summer transfer window, according to Turkish newspaper Posta.
Clyne will become a free agent during the summer when his Anfield contract expires and Besiktas are keen to sign him.
The right-back would be ideal for the Turkish club given their current financial predicament, as they’d get a capable player without the expense in the way of a transfer fee.
Clyne spent last season on loan at Bournemouth and returned to Liverpool to compete for a place in the summer.
He suffered a knee ligament injury during pre-season which has curtailed his progress. With the global health pandemic currently suspended all football across the globe, Clyne might have played his last game for Liverpool.
Interestingly the report claims that talks have already taken place between Clyne and Besiktas, with the club clearly keen to move quickly to sign the England international.
The man with 14 caps for his country is paid £70,000-a-week at Anfield and would hand Besiktas vast experience on a free transfer.
Clyne has played 103 games for Liverpool and at one point it looked like he would become the country’s top player in his position.
At Liverpool, he has fallen down the pecking order behind the impressive Trent Alexander-Arnold.
With Kieran Trippier also doing good things at Atletico Madrid, the move to Besiktas could help Clyne revive his England prospects.
Clyne heading out could be just the start for Liverpool’s summer transfer business.
Although the Reds have enjoyed a dominant season, boss Jurgen Klopp will want to freshen up his group.
The right-back could be followed out of Anfield by Adam Lallana, Xherdan Shaqiri and Lorius Karius.
More high-profile names like Divock Origi and Naby Keita might also be tempted into departures. Both have struggled for regular game time and could move on.
Liverpool have been linked with players themselves. Timo Werner is thought to be high on the list of targets and with that in mind, the transfer window could be a busy time for the Reds during the summer.
After a dominant campaign, the big challenge is always maintaining it. Klopp will hope to make some changes to keep his squad fresh ahead of next season.