Liverpool is not there yet with regard to Joe Allen as it seems they have had their bid turned down by the Welsh club, per new reports on the Beeb’s website.
Goal.com had earlier carried reports about Liverpool agreeing to a £13 million package for the transfer of Allen.
According to the BBC, Liverpool are understood to have offered Swansea £10 million in financial compensation plus Jonjo Shelvey on a season-long loan, but that the offer was flatly turned down by the Swans’ chairman Huw Jenkins.
This nullifies the reports on Goal.com about the agreed financial package but concurs with the Metro’s estimation of Liverpool’s valuation.
Brendan Rodgers—who had jumped ships from Swansea to take over Liverpool’s vacant managerial post—is said to have agreed in writing to his former club not to return for any of their talents at least over a period of 12 months.
However, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup had earlier admitted that it was possible that Allen could depart his boyhood club if a big offer came the club’s way and if the player is interested in a switch.
You can't say yes or no without having spoken to the player
You have to know always what does the player want.
If he says 'No, I want to stay, I'm so happy here,' then he stays. But, of course, if we get a very big offer and the player wants to leave, what means is there to keep him here?
Allen is rumoured to have a £15 million release fee stipulated in his contract. Swansea will hold out until their valuation of the player is met before letting loose their grip on their prodigal son.
Rodgers—a known admirer of Joe Allen—had been wanting to bring the 22-year-old midfielder to Anfield following the purchase of Fabio Borini from AS Roma.
Rodgers’ pursuit of Allen heated up once it became evident that his primary choice Gylfi Sigurdsson had entertained the option of donning a Spurs shirt for the next season.
Joe Allen is currently a part of Team GB preparing for the Olympics that is set to begin shortly.