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Manchester United reportedly interested in Liverpool’s Joe Allen

José Mourinho has wasted no time in dipping into the transfer market this summer, but this move would be a huge surprise if it materialises.

Wales Homecoming Tour and Show Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

The South Wales Evening Post has reported today that Manchester United are interested in signing Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen.

The report by journalist Mat Davies states that: "José Mourinho could scupper Swansea City’s bid to bring Joe Allen back to the Liberty Stadium.

"Manchester United are said to be considering a move for Allen, one of the stars for Wales in their incredible Euro 2016 campaign."

Allen signed for Liverpool in 2012, but has been unable to nail down a regular place in the starting eleven for the majority of his time on Merseyside.

However, towards the end of last season, Allen put together a string of impressive performances in helping his side reach the Europa League final, where Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Sevilla.

Wales v Belgium - Quarter Final: UEFA Euro 2016 Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Allen carried his excellent form into the European Championship, where he was a key figure for Wales in their remarkable run to the semi-finals — maintaining a passing accuracy of 85% throughout the tournament, and completing 100% of his attempted dribbles to earn himself a place in the UEFA team of the tournament.

The 26-year-old Welshman has one year remaining on his contract at Anfield, with Swansea and Sevilla among the clubs rumoured to be interested in signing him this summer.

United are known to be eying midfield reinforcements, with Juventus star Paul Pogba top of Mourinho’s wish-list.

But a move for Allen seems extremely unlikely. Especially as no player has moved between Liverpool and United since Phil Chisnall’s £25,000 switch from Anfield to Old Trafford in 1962.