22 Jun 2016

Deal Close? Liverpool likely to agree £10m deal for 'irreplaceable' Euro 2016 sensation. Contact made with Swansea already

The End is Nigh. Liverpool star Joe Allen^ is having a great Euro 2016 tournament for Wales, but this reportedly cuts no ice with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, who appears to be dead-set on selling the midfielder this summer.

According to the Liverpool Echo this week, Allen's exit remains 'likely', with Swansea City 'overwhelming favourites' to sign him this summer. The Echo further adds:

"Swansea have already registered their interest. It’s a move that would make sense for all concerned. The Reds will demand a fee of £10m".

Unless Allen wants to spend the prime years of his career as a bit-part player, moving on is probably the best option, especially with Marko Grujic arriving, and one or two more midfielders on the radar.

Just look at last season: endless injuries, 60+ games, and Allen playing the best football of his LFC career, but he's still basically a squad player, and that is unlikely to change with increased competition in midfield.

Allen is a great squad player to have, and he appears to be a cult figure amongst some fans, but he is eminently expendable, and if Liverpool can get £10m+ this summer, it makes sense to cash-in.

It takes more than a hipster beard and a dubious nickname to make the difference at Anfield, and despite all the recent hype, Allen is not a consistent game-changer for Liverpool, and the Reds' can (IMO) do better in his position.

That said, Allen produced a fantastic Coutinho-esque assist against Russia, so perhaps there's scope to convert him into an attacking midfielder? I'd rather see Allen played in that role over Lallana, that's for sure.

^ Hailed as 'irreplaceable' by Wales boss Chris Coleman


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