Rafa doesn’t appear to take no for an answer and so it appears that he will try one more time to snare a certain Aston Villa midfielder!
Liverpool are prepared to make one final attempt this week to sign Gareth Barry by increasing their cash offer to £16m, but will contact Aston Villa before tabling the bid to ensure it will not be rejected for a fifth time.
Villa value Barry at £18m, a fee Liverpool believe they have met by offering £15m and defender Steve Finnan, who they value at £3m. In a bid to end the protracted saga, Liverpool will offer another £1m, but it is understood that is as high as they will go.
Arsenal are monitoring events if the deal falls through. It is believed that Barry would jump at the prospect of a switch to the London club. (Times Online)
I think this bid may be the one to secure the deal, clearly the longer this goes on, the more disruptive things will be for Aston Villa. They have already begun their Intertoto Cup campaign, and their skipper is slightly injured at present, so Martin O’Neill will be keen to just get this whole saga over and done with before it makes much more of an impact on their pre-season schedule. Some would say that the latest bid from Liverpool is a generous one, but in today’s market it is about right, and the sooner this headache is resolved the better for everyone, unless of course Arsenal sneak in and make a better offer! Do Liverpool fans think that Rafa is right to keep up his chase of the England man?