The most irritating and lengthy transfer saga of the summer continues to rumble on, despite Aston Villa’s declaration that Gareth Barry is staying put after Rafa B failed to come up with the readies before yesterday’s 5pm deadline…
However, this is only telling half the story, as The S*n appears to have its clammy hands on some extra information. It just so happens that the two clubs had actually agreed a fee, with the only sticking point being the method of payment, but Villa stuck belligerently to the allotted deadline, ignoring Liverpool’s offer which was a mere 15 minutes too late:
Two days of intense talks took place with Villa holding out for £18m cash.
A 5pm deadline was set by Villa but when Liverpool failed to meet it, Villa immediately released a statement saying that the England star was staying.
It read: “Aston Villa can announce that Gareth Barry will be staying with the club.
“A final deadline to conclude this episode was set that all parties agreed to. This deadline has passed so Gareth will remain with Villa.”
The speed in which Villa closed the debate stunned Liverpool and Barry, 27, but the Kop remain determined to get the midfielder.
They had agreed to pay £18m but there was haggling over the methods of payment and Liverpool asked for a small deadline extension.
Villa chief Randy Lerner refused and, even though Liverpool had everything in place by 5.15pm, Villa would not negotiate further. (The Sun)
All this story is going to do is get Gareth Barry’s juices going again about a potential move to Anfield, and if he kicks up another stink Rafa, may persist…