Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Reds Must Land Upside-Heavy Midfielder Joe Allen

Scott CarasikContributor IIJuly 21, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 06:  Joe Allen of Swansea City competes with Paul Scholes of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on 6 May 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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If Liverpool wants to win a championship, Swansea midfielder Joe Allen should be on his way to the Reds. Liverpool should pay the £15 million transfer fee to bring in the athletic, intelligent midfielder. 

Joe Allen is one of the top young midfielders available on the transfer market right now. He is able to run both an offense and a defense as an all around midfielder. Tanel Tursk of Football's New Talent describes the midfielder:

He seemed to do well on either side of the ball and in all games, he was one of the best players on the pitch. While in Wales he was maybe bit less involved, for Swansea he was the key to everything. When other Swansea players seem to be bit more about physical side and are bit raw elsewhere, he is what made the team tick with his very good playmaking skills and intelligent play.

Every team would want a guy that could be their long term option as a leader and key cog in the attack like Joe Allen. Allen also has proven to be a key to the Great Britain team for that reason as well. His all around ability to lead both an offense and a defense makes him a top young prospect as a midfielder.

Swansea Boss Laudrup has even agreed that it's just a matter of time for the Reds to swoop in with an offer to take the Welsh Midfielder. In response to the question on Joe Allen's status, Mirror Football has quoted Laudrup:

You always have to be one step ahead, so we have to be preparing for everything. But we have not had any contact from Liverpool on Joe. We just have to wait and see if an offer comes in.

The futility of trying to keep the young star can be sensed. It's almost palpable how much helplessness is in this statement about the fact that they know they will be losing a candidate for a future captain. 

Although it was thought that Liverpool hadn't made an offer yet, Pete O'Rourke of Sky Sports reported that Liverpool was looking to match the £15 million offer that Swansea is looking for. This would be the right move as far as bringing in talent for their team.

That begs the question of financials. Is Joe Allen worth a £15 million transfer fee? Probably not, but he is easily worth a £12 million transfer fee and his potential gives him the ability to live up to the £15 million transfer fee.


Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek and also runs the NFL Draft Website and the host of Kvetching Draftniks Radio.