Liverpool 'will swoop' past United and Arsenal for £16m defender

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Liverpool are ready to ‘swoop’ for Phil Jones amongst interest in the star from Manchester United and Arsenal, according to The Sun.

Kenny Dalglish reportedly watched Jones play for Blackburn numerous times over the season, and liked what he saw enough to be willing to pay £16m to activate the defender’s get out clause in his contract.

Manchester United was interested in the star, and particularly with Jones living with his parents in Lancashire, United and Liverpool looked favourites to sign Jones over Arsenal as he wouldn’t have to move far.


Jones' high fee was also a difficult point for Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger keeping tight reigns over Arsenal's budget this summer.

But meanwhile, Dalglish has his mind set on securing Jones before United get the chance, and The Sun claims the deal will happen within 48 hours of signing Sunderland star Jordan Henderson.

Jones is currently still talking to Steve Kean about the possibility of staying at Blackburn, and while Kean is hoping Jones will stay for at least 12 more months, Liverpool can offer a long term plan that includes European football as well as challenging for trophies.

The January signings of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, along with Dalglish becoming permanent manager, have shown how serious Liverpool are about reinventing themselves as genuine title contenders. This will give Jones possibilities that Blackburn simply can’t offer him.

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