The Henderson Curse: Liverpool Told to Pay £16m for Talented Midfielder

Anfield side asked to pay big money fee for youngster.

Allen key: Liverpool will have to pay Henderson-type fee for Swans star

Reds splashed out £16m on the Sunderland midfielder last summer – so Swansea want a similar amount for playmaker Joe

Brendan Rodgers has been told it will take £15million to prise midfielder Joe Allen away from his previous club Swansea.

New Liverpool boss Rodgers is targeting Allen after losing out to Tottenham in the battle to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson, who starred on loan at the Welsh club last season, from Germany’s Hoffenheim.

But he has been warned he will have to smash a Swans transfer record to land exciting playmaker Allen, who has been picked in Team GB’s 18-man squad for the Olympic football tournament.

The biggest fee City have received for one of their stars to date is the £2m Wigan paid them for striker Jason Scotland three years ago.

SOURCE: Daily Mirror

So the idea here is that Swansea City believe that because Liverpool spent far too much money on one player that they should then do so on a regular basis. Interesting logic which may just work.

The thing is, Joe Allen has displayed the potential to be well worth a decent bid, certainly the Welsh international has done more than Henderson had prior to his big money move from Sunderland to Liverpool a year ago. Some may feel that a season it not enough to judge whether the young England international has been a flop and perhaps this is a fair point. However the fact is that to date the 22 year old has looked woeful over the course of his first season at the Merseyside club.

Joe Allen is a stylish pint sized midfield maestro and a player who arguably has the ability to meet a future that Swansea City can not offer him. The Carmarthen born youngster has already amassed almost 150 appearances and last term, his first in the top flight, he impressed many with his mature, intelligent and free-thinking displays.

The fact that Brendan Rodgers is after the Liberty Stadium star could be both a blessing and a curse. Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins will not take kindly to having the former Swans boss nabbing one of his former charges but similarly Joe Allen may be more open to an exit to join a manager who greatly improved his game.

Given that Henderson, as well as Charlie Adam, failed to impress on a consistent basis last term may well lead Rodgers to actively pursue Allen and may well even be willing to meet the inflated asking price.

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