Chelsea and Liverpool have both seen the door opened with regards to their supposed pursuit of Denmark star Daniel Wass, after the player himself admitted that a January move could be on.
According to the Daily Express Wass, who can play at both right-back and right-midfield, was a top target of Liverpool’s over the course of the summer, and has Jose Mourinho firmly in place as one of his biggest admirers.
The 25-year-old, though not a household name in European football, has attracted plenty of praise for his performances for Ligue 1 outfit Evian, and as such has been persistently linked with a move to a more high-profile club.
When quizzed on the possibility of a winter transfer window switch to one of his suitors, Wass did little quell speculation.
“My head is still in Evian but if you offer me a departure in January, I will not say no," Wass said.
"I want to progress and prove my abilities at a higher level.
"But a club has to be interested to meet the requirements that Evian have.”
One would assume that neither Chelsea or Liverpool would have too much of a problem meeting Evian’s requirements, as both can boast plenty of financial backing.
Mourinho proved in the summer that he isn’t afraid to spend money to improve his squad, importing illustrious names such as Diego Costa and Francesc Fabregas, while Liverpool weighed in with their own hearty expenditure.
Brendan Rodgers’s side may have witnessed the departure of Luis Suarez for a hefty £75million, but since his exit over £100million has been spent to try and bolster the ranks, suggesting that the Reds are firmly behind the notion that they can remain in contention for the title by matching their rivals respective outlays.
From an outsider’s perspective it would seem that it is indeed Liverpool who are more likely to move for Wass, particularly given the fact that the future of Glen Johnson is shrouded in uncertainty.
The full-back hasn’t performed well in his recent outings and despite the fact that both Javier Manquillo and Jon Flanagan are in reserve, it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that Rodgers would look to add another option.
In comparison Mourinho has little need for a player of Wass’s style, with Branislav Ivanovic sitting in his peak and Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta waiting in the wings to be given his shot at nailing down the position on the right-hand side of the defence.
Rumours have inferred that The Special One is looking to bring in Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado, but Wass can hardly be mentioned in the same breath as the Colombia winger.
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