The summer frenzy of the transfer season is in full flow now as all the teams in the Premier League are gearing up for a season expected to be one of the most competitive in the league’s history as the playing is now on a level field as barring two or three clubs, all the other top clubs are at a similar financial level and can offer huge wages to players for their respective sides. A bid of mind boggling £100 million is expected for Paul Pogba from Man Utd which just proves how crazy this season is shaping up to be.
For Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp needs to take some tough decisions to shape the squad as per his demands and many players are fighting for their future at the club. Martin Skrtel, Jordan Ibe and Christian Benteke seem to be the early casualties, but the one player whose future seems to be hanging and has divided opinions in the fan base is Joe Allen, who had a spectacular Euros and was rightly awarded a place in the UEFA team of the tournament.
Joe Allen has reinvented himself under Klopp and has established a rather cult status at the club with his long hair locks and beard resembling Andrea Pirlo and has become a legend on the social media. On the field too, he has been the difference for the reds and has been a crucial factor coming off the bench in the latter stages of the season. Now with a successful Euros under his belt, his value will be the highest this summer and if Klopp thinks that he is surplus to demands and still has not impressed the manager to get into the starting lineup, this summer is the best time to get a great value for the Welshman. Let’s take a look at the three next possible destinations for Joe Allen :
The Europa League winners in the market for a midfielder who will dictate the tempo of the game and make life miserable for the opponents by pressing from the attacking front; cue Joe Allen. With Kyrchowiak off to PSG this summer, Allen can be a good buy for the Spanish side and can form a solid pairing with Nzonzi. The technical style of La Liga will suit the Welshman and can become a crucial member for Jorge Sampaoli side.
2. Swansea City:
Allen’s former club has been waiting to sign him since last summer and had a bid in the region of £8 million rejected this summer as the reds are holding out for a price in the range of £12-15 million. The Welsh side have established themselves in the Premier League and with the return of Allen to the side, they can form a solid base at the club with Ashley Williams, himself and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
If the Saints do sign Allen, it will be some relief for their supporters as the reds have signed a hell lot of players from them, the latest being Sadio Mane. Southampton’s playing style will really suit the Welshman and their new manager, Claude Puel seems to be a fan of the little Joe Allen. Along with the Saints, it is being reported that a Russian club is also interested in Joe Allen.