According to fresh reports, Swansea City midfielder Joe Allen has agreed terms on a bumper contract with Liverpool. The player’s camp was reportedly allowed permission to speak to Liverpool last month and has been offered a deal which according to a source, ‘will set him up for life’.
Swansea though, are still haggling with Liverpool over the transfer fee, which looks be £12.5 million plus a player on loan — thought to be Jonjo Shelvey – with Swansea yet to respond to the offer. Swansea are likely to demand in excess of £15 million before they finally let go of Allen, who is keen on reuniting with ex-boss Brendan Rodgers.
That would also trigger a ‘release clause’ in Allen’s contract – one which states that if Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea or one of the two Manchester clubs offer £15 million for Allen, Swansea must sell.
The situation is also complicated by the fact that Swansea isn’t too happy with Rodgers move for Allen; something they think has violated an agreement between the two clubs when Rodgers moved to Liverpool earlier in the summer. Rodgers though, has denied doing anything wrong and has expressed his displeasure too.
Both Joe Allen and Rodgers though, should get what they want in the end, and in all probability the two clubs will settle on a fee soon. With Joe Allen having set his heart on moving to Anfield, the Swansea management are aware that they would not be able to delay the inevitable.