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Swansea City Won’t Block Liverpool Move for Joe Allen: Laudrup Won’t Force Midfielder to Stay

Welshman could join Reds.

Michael Laudrup will not stand in Joe Allen’s way if the Team GB star wants to leave Swansea.

New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is determined to be reunited with the midfield pass-master, who he managed at the Liberty Stadium last season.

The Anfield club are thought to be lining up a bid of around £12 million for the 22-year-old Welshman and Laudrup, who succeeded Rodgers in south Wales, has admitted that he will discuss any bids with Allen.

“I haven’t spoken to Joe since I have taken over. I haven’t spoken to any of the three Olympics players and we have not had any contact from Liverpool,” said the Dane, according to talkSPORT.

Allen is part of the Team GB squad for the London Olympics and started as Stuart Pearce’s side lost their opening warm up game 2-0 to Brazil.

Laudrup added any offer for the playmaker would be discussed with his chairman, despite Liverpool apparently agreeing not to bid for any Swans’ players for a year.

“I am in contact with the chairman every day. We agree that if there will be an approach then we will have to talk to the player,” he said.

“We cannot just answer 100% yes or no without having talked to the player. That’s a problem because he has to concentrate on the Olympics but we will have to deal with that if and when it comes to that.

“You can force players to stay but how does that help? It doesn’t work like that. It’s better to find a solution that suits both parties.

“You always have to be one step ahead so we have to be prepared for everything. It’s not only in this case, but with each position in the team.

“When the transfer window closes on August 31 you can breathe a sigh of relief, but you only have three or four months when people do not talk about transfers because then you look ahead to January 1. It will be the same then.

“You have to think about the present window as well as the future, which will be the winter window. But we obviously want to be able to have the best possible team available.”


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