During the last few days of the English summer transfer window, Kelly, 24, was the subject of intense transfer rumors. Spurs reportedly made a £20 million proposal for the adaptable left-footer, who can play at left-back or center-back, according to The Athletic.
Tottenham’s attempt to sign a player from Bournemouth failed, according to Football London, who said the club became increasingly hesitant to part with such a crucial player so late in the transfer season.
However, since the summer window closed, interest in Kelly has not diminished. On the other hand, Football Insider reported that Newcastle has also entered the race while Tottenham is still keeping an eye on Kelly.
However, a recent update from FI indicates that once the January transfer market opens, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool may come out on top. Additionally, the source explains why Bournemouth will probably profit in the middle of the campaign.
Kelly’s contract, which runs on June 30, 2024, is now in its final year.
Kelly will therefore be free to bargain a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs beginning on January 1 if a new contract isn’t reached.
For the Cherries, losing such a powerful player and highly marketable asset for nothing would be terrible.
As a result, FI speculates that a Premier League sale in January may be in the works, adding Bournemouth “could be forced to cash in” while they still have the opportunity.
In the event Bournemouth does approve a sale, Newcastle and Tottenham are still very much in the running.
Liverpool, according to FI, are the real candidates to sign the 24-year-old.
Kelly had been set to succeed Matip?
According to the web site, the Reds are now in the lead for a player whose contract position would allow him to go for a “bargain fee.”
According to reports, Liverpool is “looking at a January deal,” and Kelly’s addition would significantly strengthen Klopp’s back.
Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip, and Joe Gomez are the current main centre backs for Liverpool, and they are all right-footers.
Kelly would therefore provide Klopp with a dedicated left-footed alternative and relieve some of Van Dijk’s pressure at left center-back, where he typically starts.
Another plus is that Kelly, as opposed to Kostas Tsimikas, who prefers to attack, can offer more reliable defensive cover at left-back.
Kelly may be seen as Matip’s natural replacement if he were to be brought to Anfield.
The 32-year-old’s poor performances since the beginning of last season raise the possibility that he may not be worthy of a contract extension when he becomes a free agency next summer.