Rumours from The Sun are rarely going to be given much credence by Liverpool fans for obvious reasons, this one however, might be worth considering.
The newspaper points out that Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish as well as Damien Comolli were present at Ewood Park on Monday night, they weren’t in attendance to enjoy the fine football on display, moreover they were there to run the rule over young Rovers defender Phil Jones.
The young defender has recently returned from injury but he has got straight back into the Blackburn first team. The 19 year old joined the youth academy in 2002 when he was 10, and he broke into the first team last season and he went on to make 12 appearances. This time around his season has been slightly hampered by injury but he has still played regularly for the side appearing in 22 games.
Originally he played as a central defender but of late he has adapted to play in central midfield where he has also looked extremely competent and comfortable, and it is this potential and versatility that has attracted the interest of some of the Premier League’s top clubs.
Last Summer it was reported that Arsenal failed in an attempt to sign the player before this new season began, and there have also been rumours circulating that Chelsea have also shown interest in the England under 21 international.
The Lancashire born defender is contracted to the club until 2016 and it is claimed by The Sun that they aren’t prepared to sell him for anything less than £15million. As well as interest from Liverpool it is also claimed that Manchester United are ready to move for the player as supposedly Sir Alex Ferguson see’s him as a long term option to play alongside Chris Smalling.
It seems that this could very easily develop into a 4 way tussle, a lot will depend on the outcome of Blackburn’s fight against relegation, if they retain their Premier League status there is a good chance that Jones might wish to stay at his boyhood team for another season, and this could potentially make him even more valuable. If they are relegated however, a move could be a lot more likely, and all 4 could have to scrap it out.
It is clear however that there are other options that could be signed for a similar fee, Bolton defender Gary Cahill has been linked to other clubs at numerous points specifically Arsenal and he could be available for slightly less. The Bolton man is less versatile, but he is more experienced and he might be better suited to walking straight into the first team of such a big club.
Jones is clearly a very talented player, but I can’t help but feel he needs a full season under his belt before he makes the inevitable move to a bigger club, whether teams are willing to wait for that remains to be seen.
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