Liverpool manager assumes deal for Aston Villa skipper is a foregone conclusion: He plans to show him off on Friday!

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez isn’t wasting any time letting Aston Villa supporters know that their skipper is nearing the conclusion of a deal that will see him leave the club. The goateed-one is so sure that Barry will be at the club in fact, that he’s making plans to show off his new midfielder to the red half of Merseyside on Friday!

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Rafael Benitez had hoped to have secured the Aston Villa player’s signature in time to feature in the friendly against Valerenga in Norway. But the Liverpool manager is now planning to show off his latest signing against Lazio at Anfield on Friday, the club’s final friendly before facing Sunderland on Aug 16.

Much depends on whether Tom Hicks and George Gillett, Liverpool’s co-owners, can meet Villa’s asking price, but the indications emerging from Anfield suggested that the saga will be concluded very soon.

Villa value Barry at around £18 million, more than Liverpool were originally prepared to pay, but Hicks and Gillett are now understood to have agreed to underwrite the fee in what amounts to a short-term loan.

Steve Finnan, who has spent the last five years at Anfield, could move to the West Midlands as part of the transfer. (Daily Telegraph)

Well this is a bit premature. Whilst the word coming down the pipe is that Barry is moving to Anfield before the start of the season, this is the first I’ve heard that he’s going to be a done-and-dusted Liverpool player by Friday. Does Rafa know something we don’t?

Do Liverpool supporters think the Barry deal is all but done? Do Aston Villa supporters think the current deal of £18m plus Steve Finnan is enough for your ace midfielder?

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