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Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill has said he will not stand in the way of Gareth Barry if he wants to leave in search of Champions League football.
The 28-year-old, who has one year left on his contract at Villa, has been linked with a move to a top-four club.
O’Neill told BBC WM: “We would like him to stay but we understand that he’s been at the club for 11 years.
“If someone came in with the offer of the Champions League, then that’s something that we would look at.”
Barry was involved in a tug-of-war between Liverpool and Villa last summer, with the West Midlands club rejecting a number of bids for being below their valuation, which was believed to be around £18m.
The Source: (BBC Sport)
That sound you heard was the sound of this whole can of worms being reopened. This is sure to set the alarm bells ringing in Rafa’s ears because he appears to be Gareth Barry’s number one fan and even though most right minded Liverpool fans would rather see Xabi Alonso as the number one choice the Spanish boss may well make a move for the Aston Villa man which would of course once again leave Xabi wondering about his future at the club.
Martin O’Neill’s reference to “the offer of the Champions League” seems to whittle down the chasing pack from three to just one, as Spurs and Man City (also recently linked with Barry) obviously do not have such a level of football to offer next season and for the foreseeable future.
Obviously with just one year left on his contract the £18m valuation on the 28 year old of last season will have to be re-thought but the word on the street (and by street i mean most websites and tabloids) is that a deal would be in the region of £11m for the England man.
It’s a deal that may horrify many Anfield supporters but there is a certain inevitability that it may well occur this summer.
Barry to Liverpool: I wouldn’t bet against it!