Joe Allen could leave Liverpool to return to Swansea City this summer, in deal that is likely to be under £10 million.
The Welsh midfielder is likely to leave the club ahead of 2016/17, after entering the final year of his current contract with no extension forthcoming.
Allen has played a bit-part role in the Liverpool squad in recent seasons, and despite a significant improvement in performances under Jurgen Kloop, his future seems set.
According to the South Wales Evening Post, Swansea have a “big chance” of signing their former academy star.
They claim that if Brendan Rodgers had been named manager, the Ulsterman would have made a move for Allen, but he also remains a target for Francesco Guidolin.
It is even suggested that Allen would not have been eager to link up with his former manager, given his peripheral role under Rodgers on Merseyside, with Guidolin’s renewed contract a possible deciding factor.
When Swansea enquired as to Allen’s availability in January, resulting in rejection by Klopp, Liverpool were said to have valued the 26-year-old at £10 million—which is likely to have decreased now.
Swansea see Allen as a “potential club captain of the future,” and the Wales international would certainly play a more regular role if he made the move back to the Liberty Stadium.
However, as Allen reiterated earlier in May, a decision won’t be made over his immediate future until after this summer’s European Championship.
“I think it hinges on [Klopp’s] pre-season plans and what exactly the club are hoping to do, everything comes into that,” he explained.
“The acquisitions and who they are going to get in, and until all that happens then it is difficult to answer that question.
“As a footballer you want to play every minute of every game.”
Liverpool have been linked with moves for young midfielders Piotr Zielinski and Mahmoud Dahoud throughout the summer, while Marko Grujic is already set to arrive from Red Star Belgrade.
This would swell Klopp’s ranks in the middle of the park, likely prompting Allen’s departure.
Though it would be a disappointing juncture for the Reds, given Allen’s value as a squad player, few would begrudge the player for pushing for a move to secure regular first-team football and potential key status at his boyhood club.