20 Jan 2016

Contact Made: Liverpool discuss 'outstanding' £20m playmaker transfer with Prem rivals. Deal is rejected

In early January, Joe Allen confirmed that contract talks with Liverpool had hit the skids, and with the Welsh midfielder struggling to hold down a first team place, new reports suggest that the Reds are willing to sell, but only in the summer.

Allen - hailed as 'magnificent' by Wales boss Chris Coleman - has 18 months left on his contract, and in a recent interview, he admitted:

“That [contract talks] has gone very quiet. I’ve only made one league start this season, so I want to play more. Now, it’s about giving my best, which is always what I do.”

According to the Liverpool Echo:

"Liverpool have rebuffed an enquiry from Swansea City Joe Allen. Swansea are keen to take him back to the Liberty Stadium but the Reds have informed them that Allen is going nowhere during the current window".

The writing is on the wall for Allen, and the long goodbye started 5 minutes after FSG gave Brendan Rodgers the red card. Klopp clearly doesn't rate Allen:

* ONE league start under Klopp; only 118 minutes of Prem pitch time in total.

* Subbed off/on, or unused sub in 75% of games under Klopp.

* Benched after scoring a vital equalising goal against Arsenal.

Allen in an excellent squad player to have, but at the age of 25, he's coming into his prime years, and I doubt he wants to spend the best years of his career watching from the sidelines.

For me, the key question is this: will losing Allen make any significant different to Liverpool's forward progress? The answer is arguably no, so if he leaves in the summer, then so be it.

Last season, Manchester United reportedly considered an improbable £20m bid for Allen, but there's no way Liverpool will get that sort of transfer fee...right?

Author: Jaimie K


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