AFC Bournemouth have been handed a potential transfer boost on the day that the summer window officially opens.
As per the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool will allow Nat Phillips to leave the club this summer.
Furthermore, their report states that the Cherries will have to stump up a fee in the region of £15 million pounds to secure the 25 year old’s signature.
Nat Phillips spent the second half of the 2021/22 campaign on loan at AFC Bournemouth, helping them over the line in their bid for Premier League promotion.
During his time at the Vitality Stadium, the central defender made 18 Cherries appearances, which included 17 Championship outings.
Both parties are said to be keen to renew their relationship this summer.
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AFC Bournemouth are looking to strengthen their squad following promotion to the Premier League, and their boss Scott Parker has expressed his hope that Phillips stay on the south coast could be extended.
Meanwhile, Phillips admitted last month that he enjoyed every minute of his time on loan with the Cherries, and has said his priority next season is regular football, which suggests he could be keen to return to the Vitality Stadium.
AFC Bournemouth should not hesitate to get this deal done.
£15 million may be a little steep, but ultimately, they are a better side having Phillips in, and losing him ahead of their Premier League return would be a blow to their defence.
Alongside Lloyd Kelly, if they can keep him at the club, Phillips could form a partnership that is more than capable of holding its’ own in the top flight.
Parker said that he hoped Phillips could return to the Vitality, so now it is time for the Cherries to put their money where their mouth is if their interest is serious.