So the race for Gareth Barry is well and truly building up – as is his valuation, which now seems to be up around the £15m mark. Now it appears an exchange deal really could happen.
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is ready to discuss a swap deal with Aston Villa for their skipper Gareth Barry (various). Martin O’Neill wants Peter Crouch and John Arne Riise and they could form part of a player exchange. However, Benitez is still ready to pay up if no exchange can be worked out.
Personally this seems like a pretty decent swap to me, although I guess Liverpool could ask for a couple of million on top. Either way, Villa get two very good players with a track record of doing it at the top level and Rafa gets a player at the top of his game who may be looking to move on.
Would Villa and Liverpool fans be fine with this potential player exchange?