In what would be one of the most surprising transfers of the summer, Manchester United have been linked with a move to sign Liverpool’s Joe Allen, according to reports in the English press. The Wales international is reportedly well-liked by Louis Van Gaal, and could be drafted in to bolster United’s ailing midfield.
Allen first caught Van Gaal’s attention during a pre-World Cup warm up friendly between the Netherlands and Wales. Van Gaal was manager of the Dutch side then, and highlighted Allen as the most impressive player of the opposing team. The United manager has since asked Ed Woodward to keep tabs on the midfielder, and United could launch a bid to sign him before the window closes.
Allen could favour a move away from Anfield, having seen his career stutter since moving there in 2012. Though the player has clocked up 53 Premier League appearances for the Reds under Brendan Rodgers, he has often been used as a second-half substitute, and has not achieved a particularly lengthy run in the starting XI.
However, should the Welshman swap Liverpool for United then he will have made one of the most controversial transfers of the summer. Allen would become the first Anfield player to move directly to Old Trafford since Allenby Chilton 76 years ago. In recent memory, Michael Owen has represented both clubs, although the England international striker also played for Real Madrid and Newcastle in the time between his career at both north west clubs.