Stoke City have this evening completed the signing of Joe Allen from Liverpool.
The 26-year-old has signed a five-year deal at the club, and moves for a fee believed to be in the region of £13m.
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) July 25, 2016
Despite an impressive showing for Wales at Euro 2016, making UEFA’s official Team of the Tournament as Chris Coleman’s side reached the semi-finals, Allen was always likely to leave Anfield in search of first team football.
He was in an out of the side under manager Jürgen Klopp last season, starting just eight Premier League matches over the course of the campaign.
With just one year remaining on his contract, Liverpool were prepared to cash in on the midfielder now rather than risk losing him on a free transfer next season.
Having followed old Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers to Anfield in a £15m deal in 2012, Allen’s inconsistency meant that he struggled to hold down a regular starting spot for the side. In all, he made 129 appearances in all competitions during his time at Liverpool, scoring seven goals.
Speaking to Stoke City’s website this evening, Allen once again stated that the prospect of regular playing time was a big factor in his decision to move to the Bet365 Stadium.
He also revealed that the deal had been a relatively quick one. Although former club Swansea had shown interest in the player, they were not prepared to go above £8m, an offer that was rejected by Liverpool.
However, Stoke’s £13m offer late last week was accepted by the club, and the transfer was completed in a few short days.
Allen becomes Stoke’s second signing in the past 24 hours, following the €6m acquisition of Egyptian international Ramadan Sobhi earlier on Monday afternoon.
He also becomes the tenth senior player to leave Liverpool this summer, with more departures expected in the coming days and weeks.