Liverpool face £16m fee to activate Jones’ release clause

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish looks set to make a move for Blackburn defender Phil Jones, according to The Guardian.

The England Under-21 is jetting off to the European Championships and Liverpool will hope to complete a deal before he departs. But, they will first have to meet the reported £16 million release clause inserted into the five-year contract he signed in January.

The 19-year old made 25 league appearances for Blackburn last season and is the latest young Englishman linked with Anfield alongside Jordan Henderson, Ashley Young and Stewart Downing. Dalglish is also hoping to complete a deal for England Under-21 teammate Henderson before the team fly to Denmark tomorrow.

Liverpool are not the only club linked with Jones with Manchester United also rumoured to be keen on pairing the defender with his Under-21 teammate Chris Smalling. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also reportedly made an £8 million bid last summer.

Liverpool are keen to sign young, domestic talent under the new ownership of the Fenway Sports Group and the defender would represent a significant coup for Director of Football Damien Comolli. Liverpool are in a strong position to sign Jones with the player reportedly keen on staying in the north of England.

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