The Daily Mail is reporting that Arsenal have decided against signing Jose Enrique, leaving Liverpool to chase the left-back star as the summer transfer period heats up.
Enrique, rated by the BBC at £15 million, has starred for Newcastle this season, and with the Toon undergoing a mass exodus, rumours of an exit for the Spaniard are rife.
Liverpool have always been seen as front runners for Enrique’s signature, with the club holding a long term plan to challenge for trophies and participate in the Champions League over the next 2-3 years. Liverpool are also reportedly desperate to fix the left-back problem which has plagued the Merseyside club for the last 10 years, and Kenny Dalglish sees Enrique as a perfect fit for the gap in his squad.
But Arsenal were also interested in Enrique, with Steve Rowley, a confidant of Arsene Wenger’s, going to watch the star along with other Arsenal targets Cheik Tiote and Joey Barton during the season.
While Barton is reportedly still a shock target for Arsenal, with Rowley speaking highly of the midfielder, Enrique has been crossed off the Gunners’ list of transfer targets, leaving Liverpool to up their pursuit of the 25-year-old.
Enrique recently admitted that he would be open to a move if it suited Newcastle and himself, and with the clean out currently taking place up north, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley looks likely to decide to cash in on Enrique if the offer is right.