Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has been making waves as one of Wales’ star performers at the European Championships.
His assist for Aaron Ramsey in their 3-0 drubbing of Russia earlier this week was indicative of the type of tournament he is having, adding to his commanding display against Slovakia in the first group game.
However, his performances in France have apparently not been enough to keep him at Liverpool, with manager Jürgen Klopp reluctant to give the 26 year old the first team football needed to keep him at Anfield.
With Allen entering into the last year of his contract, it looks like he will be sold this summer, and Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo (via the IBTimes) are claiming that Europa League champions Sevilla have joined the race for his signature.
Sevilla, who were the last opponents Allen faced in a Liverpool shirt coincidentally, are looking for options in midfield to fill the void left by Inter-bound Ever Banega, and with Jorge Sampaoli set to be confirmed as the new manager in the coming days, Allen is one of a number of options being looked at by the club ahead of another Champions League campaign.
Liverpool have placed a £10m valuation on Allen, with former club Swansea already seeing an £8m rejected. The Welsh side may yet come back with a higher offer, but Liverpool will be hoping that Allen’s displays in France will be enough to spark a bidding war.
Celtic have also been linked with the player – the SPFL side now being managed by former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who was the one who brought Allen to Anfield in the first place and who coined the nickname “Welsh Xavi.”
Though Liverpool fans would like Allen to stay at the club, they are likely to accept his need to play more regular fitst team football, which he is unlikely to get at his current side with Klopp looking at a number of central midfield targets.
Though Sevilla may be interested, the smart money would still be on Allen returning to Swansea.