Joe Allen has been the talk of Liverpool fans since Metro first reported that the Reds offered Swansea £10 million for the 23-year-old. That article said that the asking price for Allen was £15 million, and it looks like Liverpool are ready to concede.
The Guardian is reporting that the Reds are going to match Swansea's original asking price after new manager Brendan Rodgers' tactic of negotiating the price (Metro) apparently failed.
"Liverpool are ready to trigger a £15m release clause in Allen's contract that allows him to leave for one of the PROPER BIG clubs in the Premier League." The Guardian
The Reds are trying very hard to land the young midfielder who is already one of the best passers in the world.
Liverpool is making all kinds of deals.
After landing Italian striker Fabio Borini (per BBC), the Reds are trying to acquire Allen, Fulham's Clint Dempsey and Bologna's Gaston Ramirez if the price is right (Metro). Rodgers is trying to buy Liverpool's way up the EPL standings.
Allen is key to that improvement.
Rodgers is making him a top priority, and is breaking his promise not to take any players from his former club, Swansea, for 12 months. Rodgers is trying to make a huge push for Liverpool to bring them into contention for an EPL crown, and Allen is key in this revolution.
The Reds can't afford to let this deal fall through, and must land the midfielder at all costs.
Allen will help set up Liverpool for more goal-scoring opportunities, and can only help their poor goal differential of just plus-seven. He can facilitate the offense and and help keep attacks going.
Liverpool has a good defense that allowed just 40 goals during the season, but they failed to score even 50 goals. Their offense is what's holding them back from becoming an elite team, and Allen and Borini will certainly help improve them in this category.
Allen will be taking part in the Olympics, playing for Great Britain. He can show off his skills in London, and if he plays well, Rodgers and Liverpool won't be able to turn any asking price down.
According to Metro, the deal between Swansea and Liverpool won't take place until after the Olympics. While his play could change the price if he plays to an extreme (either good or bad), the Reds must bring him to Liverpool.
He is the second of the pieces Rodgers will look to assemble to bring Liverpool to the top, and a £15 million price is a steal for what he could help the Reds accomplish.
While the addition of Allen won't bring Liverpool into the championship conversation right away, as Manchester United and Man City are still the two leaders, he will help close the gap.