In light of rumours linking Bayer Leverkusen youngster Emre Can with a £10million pound move to Liverpool this summer, it's probable that Will Hughes will miss out on a move to the Reds.
This is despite the Merseyside club negotiating a deal with Derby County to have the first refusal on his contract, but it is becoming rapidly apparent they do not intend on exercising this.
Last season, Derby County were offered England under-21 captain Andre Wisdom on-loan in exchange for the Rams allowing Liverpool first refusal on their brightest youngster. In hindsight, it was an excellent piece of business by Steve McClaren who, in exchange for a promise, was able to acquire one of England’s best young defenders.
Nevertheless, it was heartbreak for Hughes, Wisdom and Co as the Rams fell to Queens Park Rangers in the play-off final, 1-0, despite recording 68% of the possession and having the lion’s share of chances.
The move to overlook the young Derby midfielder may be one Liverpool come to later regret as the transfer of Can is likely to alert Manchester United amongst others to his availability this summer.
Although needless to say, Derby County warned off potential suitors for the England under-21 international suggesting they will not welcome any offers for their star midfielder.
However, Manchester United have been reportedly keen in the young talent for a couple of years now and even earned an article in the Manchester Evening News headlining: ‘Midfield duo [Will Hughes and Nick Powell] could hold the key to United’s future.’
Despite the reported interest coming from United’s previous regimes, it isn’t an unlikely scenario that the new Manchester United boss, Louis van Gaal, could ask Derby County boss, Steve McClaren, whether he truly believed the player could make it at the very top level.
The two experienced managers go back a long way, largely due to their stints in Holland and Germany. In fact, in an interview soon after Louis van Gaal was hired for the job in Manchester, Steve McClaren admitted Van Gaal is the only man he has ever bought flowers for.
If rumours are to be believed, and Manchester United do have a £200 million war chest this summer, Will Hughes at £15 million could become a potential bargain for them.