This source, and many others, suggests that Big Felipe is looking to make a big bid for a player that Liverpool almost snared in the summer, but why are they even considering it?
Liverpool had chased the England international all summer, but Luiz Felipe Scolari is now being tipped to make Aston Villa an offer of £17million for the player in the New Year.
“The players I have at the moment are good, but in the future I will look for more,” he told Sky Sports. “I know the English players and I want more English players in my team. I want to win in England.”
Barry would make an ideal partner for Frank Lampard in the heart of the Blues side, in a move which would also enhance his international ambitions with England. (fansfc.co.uk)
I don’t get it? Do Chelsea not have enough midfielders? Yes Essien is out injured but they also have John Obi Mikel, who has been pretty solid this season and a raft of others including Michael Ballack to call upon. If the idea is to bring in the player to play out on the left, he is still not needed. Don’t get me wrong I do rate Gareth Barry the Aston Villa man is at the peak of his abilities right now, I just don’t see the use in bidding big, and by some reports Martin O’Neill would in fact demand a fee nearer £19m for the England man so I just can’t see Scolari doing it.