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Manchester United considering shock Liverpool swoop which would end 52-year transfer deadlock

File this one under ‘highly unlikely’.

Some bloke at the South Wales Evening Post with too much time on his hands and an appetite for winding up Liverpool and Manchester United fans has linked Joe Allen with a move to Old Trafford.

The report claims that Jose Mourinho could scupper Allen’s potential return to Swansea City by making a move for the Wales midfielder, who was named in the Euro 2016 Team of the Tournament.

The Metro claims that Mourinho is planning for life with Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, but may want other options to replace the floundering Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin or Ander Herrera.

And while Allen seems poised to leave Anfield this summer as he enters the final 12 months of his contract, history suggests that rumours of a potential switch to United should be dismissed.

According to The Guardian, not since Phil Chisnall’s £25,000 move from Liverpool to Manchester United in 1962 has a player transfer directly between the two North West giants of English football.

The Guardian suggests that a return to Swansea, from whom 26-year-old Allen joined the Reds in 2012, or a move to West Ham United, Stoke City or Sevilla is more probable. We could not agree more.

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