UPDATE: Tuesday, July 25 at 1:52 p.m. ET by Jessica Isner: A deal still hasn't been completed, but Swansea has released a statement in response to the abundant speculation surrounding its star midfielder and a potential move.
On Wednesday afternoon, a team spokesman told Swansea City's website:
Swansea City can confirm that Liverpool have expressed an interest in Joe Allen, despite a written agreement with Liverpool not to approach any players within the 12-month period of former manager Brendan Rodgers leaving for Anfield.
There has also been interest from other clubs regarding his possible availability and the club is due to speak to Joe, as originally planned, about the situation when he returns from GB duty.
The club is not prepared to release any details on whether any formal bids have been made at this stage or details of Joe’s contract, which are private and confidential. The club is extremely disappointed that speculation regarding certain aspects of his contract have been released to the media by parties outside the club.
Fortunately the club is in a financial position where it does not need to sell any of its players and will continue to work in the best interests of its supporters, who are our priority, and the club to provide new manager Michael Laudrup with the best opportunity to be successful in the forthcoming Premier League campaign.
One of the primary reasons there has been so much speculation regarding Allen and Liverpool in particular is because of Allen's ties to his former manager, now with the Reds. What this means for Allen's chances of landing in Liverpool remains to be seen.
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A move that would send Joe Allen to Liverpool seemed like a done deal on Tuesday.
As always, something then went wrong. Now, everything is in question.
According to the BBC's Ben Smith, the Reds offered up approximately £10 million as well as midfielder Jonjo Shelvey on loan in a bid for the Swansea star, but Huw Jenkins said thanks but no thanks.
This means the Reds are going to have to up the ante—to the tune of about £15 million—if they want to bring Allen aboard. A £15 million offer will activate Allen's release clause, according to Greg Stobart of Goal.com.
However steep, the price is warranted. Allen, 22, made 36 appearances for Swansea last season in the club's Premier League debut and registered four goals and two assists.
Jenkins has a lot of leverage in this deal. He knows the Reds will be willing to pay more for Allen's services because they really want him, and he knows his player wants to go to Liverpool.
According to Dominic King of the Daily Mail, Allen is eager to join forces with former manager Brendan Rodgers, and Rodgers is eager to get a deal done before Liverpool begins its Premier League season.
Ben Smith of the BBC reports that although Swansea doesn't necessarily want to let go of Allen, the club knows "a move to Liverpool interests the player."
As a result, if Jenkins is going to let go of his star midfielder, there is going to be a price.
Whatever Jenkins wants, the Reds must be willing to offer. Allen will be worth it to them. The Reds have already signed Fabio Borini, and a tandem that also features Allen could give Liverpool what it needs to make a necessary surge in the Premier League standings.
Allen can bolster a scoring attack that needs a boost, and if a transfer is going to require another £5 million, the Reds must be willing to do it. The player wants to be with the club, and the club wants to bring the player aboard. It's time to make ends meet.
Winning, after all, doesn't come cheap. As it stands, Liverpool isn't going to be able to compete with the clubs at the very top of the standings.
Allen isn't going to be the be-all, end-all of the Reds' season, but he gives them a chance, and a much better one than they'd have without him.