Swans angry over Liverpool’s interest in pass-master. Swansea City have admitted they are disappointed by Liverpool’s pursuit of Joe Allen.
Ex-Swans boss Brendan Rodgers agreed not to bid for any of his former charges for at least a year when he joined Liverpool but has flouted the agreement within a month, after offering £10 million plus Jonjo Shelvey for Allen – a bid switfly rejected by the south Wales outfit.
The 22-year-old signed a new four-year deal with Swansea in 2011 but Liverpool are not ready to give up their pursuit of the Welsh international, who is currently with Team GB preparing for the London Olympics.
Swansea have expressed their disappointment with the Anfield club and confirmed that nothing will be resolved until after the Games.
“Swansea can confirm that Liverpool have expressed an interest in Joe Allen, despite a written agreement with Liverpool not to approach any players within the 12-month period of former manager Brendan Rodgers leaving for Anfield,” read a statement on swanseacity.net.
“There has also been interest from other clubs regarding his possible availability and the club is due to speak to Joe, as originally planned, about the situation when he returns from GB (Olympic) duty,” it added.
The Swans are also unhappy that details of a clause in Allen’s contract that allows him to leave for £15 million to a ‘top five’ club have been released to the media.
“The club is not prepared to release any details on whether any formal bids have been made at this stage or details of Joe’s contract, which are private and confidential,” it continued.
“The club is extremely disappointed that speculation regarding certain aspects of his contract have been released to the media by parties outside the club.
“Fortunately the club is in a financial position where it does not need to sell any of its players and will continue to work in the best interests of its supporters, who are our priority, and the club to provide new manager Michael Laudrup with the best opportunity to be successful in the forthcoming Premier League campaign.”
Liverpool, however, are thought to be preparing a second bid for Swansea and it is understood that the written transfer embargo is null and void if the Liberty Stadium club accept a bid from a rival team. Tottenham Hotspur are also understood to be interested.
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