Report: Celtic make Liverpool contact on Ben Davies as asking price is set

By John McGinley

June 23, 2022

Celtic have contacted Liverpool to enquire about the availability of defender Ben Davies this summer, The Liverpool Echo has reported.

The outlet believes both the Bhoys and Middlesbrough have spoken to Liverpool about the defender’s future, who has yet to make a single competitive appearance for the Reds.

The Echo states that Liverpool are looking for an overall package worth around £4m for the 26-year-old, although recognise part of this will be made up of add-ons, rather than a guaranteed fee.

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Davies famously almost signed a pre-contract with Celtic in 2021 before making a last-minute decision to pursue a career at Anfield, feeling it couldn’t be turned down.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t quite worked out for him there, unable to persuade Jurgen Klopp he has a future in his team alongside Virgil van Dijk and company.

He joined Sheffield United on loan last season and made 22 appearances in the English Championship, helping them reach the play-offs where they were dispatched by Nottingham Forest.

Celtic are believed to be on the look-out for a new defender this summer despite the permanent acquisition of Cameron Carter-Vickers.

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Christopher Jullien’s future at the club is uncertain and Liam Scales, who can play the position, has already moved on loan to Aberdeen.

A move for Davies would make sense since Celtic have already gone down the road of fully scouting and negotiating with him.

At this point, it’s unclear how serious Celtic’s interest is with regards to this summer, but the club are at least making sure they’re in the conversation on the centre-back’s movement.

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