It seems that Rafa is once again being undermined by his Liverpool bosses, and this time the actions of the club’s owners might just cost him the signing of a long-term target!
Liverpool’s owners have set their own price on Gareth Barry – just £12million.
And that cut-price valuation will cause more problems with boss Rafa Benitez.
The Anfield boss is not happy that Americans Tom Hicks and George Gillett agree with chief executive Rick Parry that Aston Villa’s £18m asking price for the England midfielder is unrealistic.
The Liverpool heirarchy are only prepared to do business if Villa slash a third off their Barry price-tag.
The move will anger Villa boss Martin O’Neill, who has now told his former captain he can leave after a summer spent trying to resist Liverpool’s overtures.
Benitez will be just as furious – and the situation could re-open rifts between the Spaniard and his employers. (Sunday Mirror)
Well this is an interesting move by Messrs Hicks, Gillett and Parry, and a move that will clearly anger both Martin O’Neill and Rafa Benitez. It’s true that many believe 18m was a tad too pricey for the England man, but a bid of 12m would represent something of a bargain and it would be interesting to see what happens next. If this report is accurate, then the Aston Villa manager will have to consider his options. Does he tell Liverpool to stick their offer where the sun doesn’t shine and risk being stuck with a player who doesn’t want to be at the club, or does he cut his losses and end this long drawn-out affair?
As for Rafa, he has every right to be annoyed by this news, clearly he wants Gareth Barry but doesn’t want to sink to such a level that might further ruin relations between the two sides. What do Liverpool fans think is a fair price for the 27-year-old midfielder?