By Dominic Toner
Manchester United are considering a move for Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, according to a report.
Liverpool recently placed a £14million price tag on the 26-year-old which was enough to rule Spanish side Sevilla out of the race to sign him.
The South Wales Evening Post report that Premier League rivals United are now contemplating a move for the Welshman, who has just 12 months remaining on his contract.
The new United manager Jose Mourinho may be keen to add another midfielder to his squad with Spaniard Juan Mata attracting the attention of Everton and most recently Espanyol.
Mourinho has already been active in this transfer window with the high profile additions of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrik Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly all joining his revolution at Old Trafford.
The move for Liverpool’s Allen does come as a shock given the long history of the bitter rivals refusing to do transfer business, with Phil Chisnall the last player to move between the pair in 1964 when he moved to Anfield from Old Trafford.
Transfer target Allen made a £15million move from Swansea to Anfield in 2012, and has since notched up over 100 appearances, but his contract situation means Liverpool are likely to cash in on him this summer.
He fell down the pecking order at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp, but finished the season in a strong position after several eye catching performances in the Premier League as the Reds focused all their attentions on the Europa League.
Allen enjoyed a remarkable Euro 2016 campaign with Wales helping them to reach a surprise semi-final place and was named in the EUFA Team of the Tournament for his performances.
His former club Swansea submitted an £8million bid to take him back to the Liberty Stadium last month, but Liverpool remain confident that he is worth more.
In other Liverpool transfer news, they have landed their fifth summer signing with a £5million deal for a defender.