This long-running saga took up most of the back pages during the summer, and it appears to be back on again. Only this time, this England international could be available for a hell of a lot less than a few months back!
Aston Villa’s Gareth Barry and Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso are back in news with regards to their long-term futures.
England international Barry was keen to move to Anfield in the summer, but the Reds did not meet the asking price reported to be around £18m and the midfielder stayed back at Martin O’Neill’s side.
Latest reports claim that the 27-year-old may buy out his contract on the lines of Webster ruling, to fulfil his dream of playing Champions League football with the Reds and Arsenal having showed interest in the summer.
“I really do not know enough about the Webster situation,” said Villa boss O’Neill. “I don’t know where we stand politically in all that. All I do know is that if he doesn’t sign his contract, he has one year definitely left to run by the time we get to next June or July time.” (Premiershiplatest.com)
So expect this to be the beginning of a raft of speculation, linking this long-serving Aston Villa man with a move to Anfield. Rafa is a fan and, for some reason in the summer, he rated a move for Barry as preferable to keeping the ultra-talented Xabi Alonso, something I still can’t get my head around. Xabi has impressed this term, and has hopefully shown Benitez just how influential he can be to any potential title chase, but maybe if they could get Gareth on the cheap then it wouldn’t be a bad deal.
Do Liverpool fans want to see the Villa man at the club, or do they wish this rumour would just hide under a stone forever!