After all but closing the door on Liverpool’s potential move for Villa skipper Gareth Barry, it now looks like a possible deal is back on! And we have Villa manger Martin O’Neill to thank for giving Liverpool the green light. Yes, you read that right. O’Neill has admitted that he will give Liverpool all the time they need to get their man!
Villa had hoped the Barry saga was over on Wednesday when Liverpool missed an agreed deadline to make an acceptable offer for the England international.
But after a further meeting with the player and his agent, O’Neill has reluctantly accepted that the player’s proposed switch to Anfield could now go ahead.
…“They still felt that even though the deadline had passed they still felt Liverpool were going to come in and do the deal.
“Obviously I was disappointed to hear that. Gareth’s head is a bit all over the place at the moment and they asked for some more time.”
He continued: “I listened to what they’ve said and I’ll go with it – reluctantly but I’ll go with it.
“There will be no deadline and Liverpool have all the time in the world now to sign Gareth Barry. They’ve got up to the normal window, which is the 31st of this month.”
Barry, 27, had made it clear at the end of last season that he wanted to make the switch to Anfield to experience playing Champions League football and link up with his close friend Steven Gerrard, who was “desperate” for the move to materialise. (Liverpool Daily Post)
I’m sure O’Neill’s decision to re-open the Barry saga isn’t due in part because he enjoys these types of long-drawn-out transfer ordeals. Most would have to assume that it has something to do with the hefty sum of money Villa are expected to get in return for Barry. With the skipper still dragging his feet at the club, Martin must figure that the time is now to offload the want-away man. And with Arsenal out of the race, Liverpool seem to be the only club left standing.
Do Liverpool supporters still feel like they need Barry this season? Would you still be willing to part with Finnan and £18m to get the deal over with?