Allen, Williams and Taylor protected but Icelander could still join Liverpool.
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Swansea City have ensured that new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will not be able to raid the his former club for players but remain in dark about Gylfi Sigurdsson’s proposed transfer to the Liberty Stadium.
City chairman Huw Jenkins said a “player protection” clause was part of the £7 million compensation package that released Rodgers and his backroom staff from their contracts. The clause will be in place for the next 12 months.
“We have got some protection, which I think is the right thing,” Jenkins told the BBC.
Following Rodgers’ arrival, Liverpool were immediately linked with Swansea trio Joe Allen, Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor. All three are Welsh internationals and starred as the Swans finished an impressive 11th in their debut season in the Premier League.
However, Swansea may be powerless to prevent Icelandic star Gylfi Sigurdsson from turning his back on the club. The 22-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at the Liberty and was a huge success, scoring 7 times in 18 appearances.
Sigurdsson’s parent club Hoffenheim have agreed a fee of £6.8 million with Swansea but the attacking midfielder, who is a big fan of Rodgers, may turn his back on the move particularly if Liverpool express an interest.
Jenkins insisted the club were still ‘hopeful’ of completing the deal.