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Swansea City's Joe Allen closes in on Liverpool switch

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 01, 2012

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JOE Allen has agreed terms on a bumper contract with Liverpool as the midfielder edges closer to the Swansea City exit door.

The Evening Post can reveal the Allen camp were given permission to speak to Liverpool last month.

And we understand the 22-year-old has settled on an Anfield deal which, a source explained, will “set him up for life”.

However, though Swansea allowed Allen’s representatives to talk terms with Liverpool, they are still haggling over the size of the transfer fee.

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Liverpool have tabled an offer of £12.5 million plus a player on loan — thought to be Jonjo Shelvey — which, the Post understands, Swansea have not responded to officially.

Swansea are digging their heels in over the deal, and are thought likely to demand £15 million before allowing the Welsh international to join former boss Brendan Rodgers on Merseyside.

That is the sum which would trigger a release clause in Allen’s Liberty Stadium contract.

The clause states that if Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea or one of the two Manchester clubs offer £15 million for Allen, Swansea must sell.

Swansea, though, may yet say no to Liverpool even if they do up their bid because of a clause in the compensation package agreed when Rodgers left for the Reds earlier this summer.

Swansea suggested last week that Liverpool had broken an agreement between the two clubs by moving for Allen.

The Post understands Rodgers was disappointed by that statement and believes he has done nothing wrong by registering an interest in the Pembrokeshire-born star.

Swansea’s former manager is a huge Allen fan and, for all the wrangling, the likelihood is that he will eventually get his man.

The player now appears to have his heart set on Liverpool, and it seems the move will happen once the clubs settle on a fee.

Swansea are understandably playing hardball as they attempt to get every penny possible for a player they have nurtured since he was just nine years old.

But the club’s hierarchy are also aware that it is difficult to hold on to someone whose head has been turned.

The Allen situation is complicated further by a second clause in the four-year Swansea deal he signed last summer.

It states that if any club outside the big five offers £10 million for his services, Swansea must sanction a deal.

And given that Tottenham are thought to be interested, it is not inconceivable that they could lose Allen for a smaller fee than the £12.5 million-plus-player package which is already on the table.

Allen is in action for the Team GB Olympic squad against Uruguay tonight, when a draw will be enough to see Stuart Pearce’s team reach next weekend’s quarter-finals.

It seems unlikely his club future will be sorted out before Team GB’s Olympic campaign comes to an end.

Liverpool were last night close to freeing up funds — plus a place in their squad — for Allen with midfielder Alberto Aquilani close to joining Fiorentina for £7 million.

Michael Laudrup, meantime, has insisted that the Allen situation has not changed.

“There’s no latest — he is with the GB team at the Olympics so I have not had the opportunity to talk to him since I arrived,” the Swansea boss said.

“There’s nothing concrete. I can read the papers talking about the interest — it’s normal there is interest because the new manager of Liverpool is the ex-manager of Joe Allen.

“We all know he is a very good player, but I can assure you there’s nothing concrete at this moment.

“Let’s see what happens — I can’t really tell you anything else right now.”

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  • slagheap  |  August 02 2012, 10:02AM

    Divingtulip If any player from any club is determined to leave then there is very little anyone can do.Yes we could hold a player to his contract for 4 years but that realy is not an option for many reasons.I dont want Joe Allen to go far from it but all I am saying is if the player is determined to go then I say we take the 12.5 mill and move on as a club.

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  • divingtulip  |  August 02 2012, 4:22AM

    lets all be honest when joe plays he gives 120% every week ,as a small club we don,t see top clubs coming in every week for swans players 10mill 11mill or 12.5miilion we dont want joe to leave but we only got 2 choices take liverpool offer 12.5million and spend on a few good players to strenghten the team which we all want, or say no joe staying here for the next 4 years were he going to be even a better player for the top clubs to see and they can just wait once 4years are up he a free agent we offer him 40 to 60k a week or a top club will take him for free, then we all going to say we should have sold him when we had the chance....

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  • slagheap  |  August 01 2012, 10:58PM

    Jackswan its not the case of selling to the devil,its clearly good business sense

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  • jackswan2012  |  August 01 2012, 7:36PM

    whats wrong with you lot.dont sell your soul to the devil.joe is worth at least 15 million and we should hold out if he wants to leave the club.plus loan player ? we may not want him

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  • slagheap  |  August 01 2012, 5:59PM

    Hadoken 2.5 mill is a lot of money for us to gamble with dont you think ???

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  • Hadoken858  |  August 01 2012, 2:27PM

    Hold out for the 15+ million from LP. They will play it cos we know JA is KEY to BR plans. It would be worth risking 2.5million just to **** rodgers off and spoil his plans and send a big message out there that we wont be bullied. RODGERS WILL PAY MORE.

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  • CarlJenks  |  August 01 2012, 1:37PM

    If this deal goes through, I'm sorry to say, the board are spineless. No way in hell should they sell to a club that has gone back on their word, such as Liverpool have.

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  • DJofTNE  |  August 01 2012, 12:09PM

    I am with Zippy, in one story you have cliamed 4 different outcomes, this is also the 12th Joe Allen story in as many days, all stating nothing we dont already know. Dont you get embarressed that your journos cannot do their jobs? Are the western mail and ep run by the same company ? Shockingly poor journalism, anyone can sit at a desk and seach a transfer rumour site and print the findings, anyone !

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  • swanseaola  |  August 01 2012, 11:13AM

    Take as much money as you can Hugh from who ever,loyalty isn't in the equation. Do as you have always done the best for Swansea City!

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  • JontoPronto  |  August 01 2012, 11:13AM

    It's a bit difficult to understand what's going on with this one, in the story the EP reports Rogers is saying he's only registered and interest and why are Swansea getting angry, does that mean they haven't made a bid? I'd suggest we give them (all clubs) a deadline and ask for best and final offers, at that stage we will have all offers on the table and make a decision. As for Joe going or staying, if he has any loyalty he'd stay, but who honestly would do that if the wages and prestige/ coverage of a club like Liverpool want you. He'll become a multi millionaire overnight, and you can't blame him for that. Whether it works out for him in football terms is another matter as I see Liverpool as a difficult club to shine for.

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