Liverpool’s Joe Allen has been the subject of much speculation over the past few months, but his time at Anfield could now be drawing to a close.
#LFC have agreed a £13million deal with Stoke for Joe Allen. Remains to be seen whether Swansea match that offer but midfielder set to leave
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) July 20, 2016
Swansea have long been linked with a move for the Welsh international, but were not prepared to meet Liverpool’s asking price when it was set at £10m. In that respect, they would be unlikely to match Stoke’s offer now that it is £4m over that figure – though their earlier reluctance may have simply been an attempt to play hardball.
Allen’s reputation has skyrocketed after a very impressive showing with Wales at Euro 2016, culminating in his inclusion in UEFA’s official Team of the Tournament.
Despite this, Allen has outlined his wish to depart Liverpool as it has become clear that manager Jürgen Klopp cannot offer him the first team football he needs. Rather than lose him for nothing when his contract expires next year, Liverpool have decided to cash in on him now.
Europa League winners Sevilla have also been credited with an interest in the 26-year-old – but as the only club to have made firm offer (and had it accepted), Mark Hughes and his side are currently in the driving seat to land the midfielder.
Whether Swansea return to the table is unclear (and the general consensus is that he would ideally like to return there), but it does look for all the world now that after four years at Anfield, Joe Allen is set to leave the club.