Anfield side close in on youngster.
Liverpool creep ever closer to a £15 million deal for Team GB star
Brendan Rodgers’ chances of making Joe Allen his second signing since being appointed Liverpool manager appear to have increased after his Swansea successor hinted at letting the midfielder decide his own future.
Michael Laudrup admitted that he has yet to talk to the Wales international due to his involvement in Stuart Pearce’s Great Britain Olympic team, for whom he was arguably the top outfield performer in Friday’s 0-2 friendly defeat to Brazil.
However, the Danish coach said that his policy tends to be to empower the player. He said: “You can force players to stay but how does that help? It’s better to find a solution that suits both parties.
“I know you can say that you have players under contract, but we all know how football works. We just have to wait and see if an offer comes and then what will happen.”
Laudrup also revealed that despite holding daily conversations with his chairman Huw Jenkins, he has yet to be informed of any official approach from Liverpool, who are rumoured to be willing to spend £15 million on the composed 22-year-old.
Rodgers’ transfer policy since arriving at Anfield has been to concentrate on trying to buy players that he has worked with in the past.
Rodgers has confirmed his interest in Allen and though the former’s Swansea to Liverpool switch involved a contract clause stopping him from taking any players with him, it is felt that the Welsh club would waive it if the price was right.
A move to land Swansea City midfielder Joe Allen does appear to be gathering pace and this source seems to suggest that the Liberty Stadium side are ready to relent and allow the youngster to talk to the Merseyside club about a possible move to Anfield.
Given that Swans boss Michael Laudrup has made comments that pretty much open the door for the 22 year old to leave and this source claims that for the right price chairman Huw Jenkins will tear up the agreement in place that forbids former boss Brendan Rodgers from poaching any of his former players, a move could well be in the offing.
Allen is a quality performer who put in a masterful campaign last term, his first in the top tier, and he is perhaps exactly the type of player Liverpool could do with in the centre of the park. The measured midfielder is a great distributor of the ball and is never wasteful with possession.
Given that Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson didn’t set the world alight in their debut seasons at Liverpool, there may well be room for just this kind of purchase and given that Kenny Dalglish spent huge sums on the aforementioned Henderson, Stewart Downing and of course Andy Carroll, £15m for the Welsh international seems a decent price.
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