Brendan Rodgers wants Fonte to replace Kolo Toure at Anfield as the Ivorian’s contract expires at the end of the season, while Martin Skrtel has yet to pen a new deal with just over 12 months to run on his.
Fonte has been exceptional under Ronald Koeman this season and has appeared in 35 of the Saints’ 36 games, helping the club to boast the second best defensive record in the top flight.
The 31-year-old defender was made Southampton captain last summer when Adam Lallana left to join the Reds, and a move to Liverpool would see Fonte reunite with Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert too.Embed from Getty Images
Fonte has two years left on his Saints contract but could be available at the right price as Koeman looks to reshape his squad this summer.
He is valued at £4 million by transfermarkt.co.uk and could be a cheap option for Rodgers to explore as he looks to bolster his backline ahead of next season.
Southampton will not want a repeat of last summer where several first-team stars left the club in quick succession. Jay Rodriguez penned a new contract on Tuesday, while talks are ongoing to keep Nathaniel Clyne at St Mary’s next year.
Fonte could be in high demand though as Manchester United and former club Benfica are both also interested in the powerful centre-back.
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