Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Reportedly Agree £13.5 Million Deal for Joe Allen
It seems Allen also had a substantial release clause written out in his contract. According to Goal.com:
Swansea had hoped to command a fee of £15m (€19.2m), which would have activated Allen's release clause, but have agreed to a slightly lower valuation following last week's arrival of Spanish midfielder Michu from Rayo Vallecano in a deal worth £2m (€2.5m).
Such a release clause does well to suggest that the player was highly regarded by his club even before showing great discipline in his passing at the top level, which was sixth best in all of Europe last season. If signed, the 22-year-old will add yet more youth to the Liverpool squad after the Reds signed 21-year-old Fabio Borini as their first signing under Brendan Rodgers.
Fans might think that the price revealed by Goal.com is a bit steep. I agree with that opinion, but there is also this feeling that the owners are prepared to back Rodgers, which is a good sign. Tom Werner, the chairman of FSG, admitted that Liverpool overspent last season.
If they are still prepared to give a similar stash of cash to another coach from the British Isles for another British player, then it bodes well for the club. There is no case of 'once bitten twice shy' here. When they say that they will back the manager, I think they mean it.
There is still time left in this transfer window and I think that FSG are prepared to spend. Rodgers may not want to put himself under undue pressure by spending more than £20 million on a single marquee player. Hence I believe that Liverpool could still pull off some surprises this summer before the season starts if Rodgers is able to curb his reluctance.
For the time being, Allen will be the newest recruit to Anfield if Goal.com is to be believed. Will he be any better than Jordan Henderson from last season? I think so, and I also think that Henderson himself will improve a great deal under Rodgers.
Regarding other transfer news concerning Liverpool, Goal.com also added:
Meanwhile, Goal.com understands that Liverpool's attempts to sign Clint Dempsey remain at an impasse, with Fulham reluctant to part company with last season's top goalscorer.
Rodgers last week confirmed Liverpool's interest in the American, who has a year remaining on his contract with the west Londoners, but insisted that only initial enquiries had been made. He also intends to trim his squad ahead of the new season with goalkeeper Doni expected to secure a return to his native Brazil after being deemed surplus to requirements following just one season and a solitary senior appearance.
The 32-year-old, who arrived from Roma on a free transfer last summer, was omitted from Liverpool's squad for their tour of the USA due to personal reasons, but with Fenway Sports Group looking to trim their excessive wage bill, his future lies away from Anfield.
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