Updated: 07/08/2012 12:57 | By pa.press.net

Laudrup warns: Allen won't come cheap



Joe Allen, pictured, will not be sold on the cheap says Swansea boss Michael Laudrup

Joe Allen, pictured, will not be sold on the cheap says Swansea boss Michael Laudrup

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has warned Liverpool that Joe Allen will not be sold on the cheap.

The saga over Allen's potential switch to join former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers at Anfield has rumbled on over recent weeks, and it is understood the Welsh club rejected an offer worth £12.5million last month. However, Allen's contract is believed to include a release clause of £15million.

"He is worth a lot of money because he's a good player," said Laudrup. "The manager knows him and knows if he wants to change the way Liverpool play he needs a player in the midfield like Joe Allen. But he also knows he's very, very expensive."

Laudrup is keen to hold onto the Wales international, and is set to have talks with the 22-year-old, who signed a four-year contract at the Liberty Stadium last summer, on Wednesday.

But with Liverpool having paid big money to secure Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing last summer, Laudrup has told the Merseyside club that Allen's value is on another level.

He added: "We saw they bought a couple of midfielders in the last few years for a lot of money, but with all due respect Joe is on a level above.

"In my opinion, if one is worth £17m then Joe is worth more, perhaps over £20million. I'm talking as a football man not as a chairman but if the chairman asks my advice then I will tell him the same."

It is understood the offer Swansea rejected last month included Jonjo Shelvey moving on a season-long loan to the Liberty, but Laudrup says he will not accept an offer that includes a player not considered first-choice at Anfield.

When asked about the possibility of an exchange, he said: "If we could have (Luis) Suarez ... We have good players here and they have good players, but I can't see a player not in the starting 11 at Liverpool being in the starting 11 in our team.

"They might want to do it because they can pay less money."

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07/08/2012 19:26
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MSN moderators (there may not even be any) don't seem to be interested in getting the 'looking for lurve' spammers off, been reporting them for ages.
07/08/2012 19:11
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2 things, first of all, why is all this spam stuff on here about dating and so forth, cant msn do something about it?

Secondly and what this thread is about.  Allen might be a decent player, but hardly world class.  Yes, we spent big money on midfeilders recently, but we all know that was a mistake and that we paid way over their worth, so lets not fall into that trap again.  The offer of 12 mil and a loan player is plenty in my opinion.  Its a gamble if Allen will be a top class player and to pay what Laudrup is asking would be absurd.

Being a Liverpool fan, I want Liverpool to buy good players to get us up in the mix, and Allen might be one of those players, but I would prefer to build our team, and not buy it, like Chelsea and City.

07/08/2012 14:04
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This is a propa joke this 20m for allen!! Liverpool are clueless in the transfer market these days theyve been getting stung for years now. henderson had played 1 season full in the prem an commanded a 20m fee, Carroll had only 6 months and commanded 35m!!! yet silva cost city 20m nasri cost 20m (all be it greedy bastard) van der vaart 11m rakitic to sevilla 1.5m, afellay barcelona 6m, and now arsenal have just signed an experienced quality player in carzola for 16.5m yet were about to sign a player for 20m withone years premier league experience who we dont need anyway hes a clone of henderson with his 5yrd passes. we dont need centre mids we need wingers, adam johnson?? hoilett just left on a free im not expecting neymars or hazards but a bit of common sence wouldnt go a miss, mind you we pay the same prices just for poor players

07/08/2012 11:37
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As a Liverpool fan i want Allen to come to Anfield, however only if the price is right. I remember seeing another outstanding player not so long ago writing headlines for Blackpool, going by the name of Charlie Adam and he hasn't exactly exploded onto the scene at Liverpool. We need to be aware that sometimes these players look amazing becase they are big fish in a small pond. If watching him play for GB is the standard of his ability then i would expect to pay between 13 and 16 mil for him. You cant use the measure of Henderson and Downing and especially Carrol because the prices we paid for them were ridiculous. 


07/08/2012 12:01
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As a Liverpool supporter (and some other Liverpool supporters may disagree with what I am about to say) I dont think Allen is what we need just now. His performances for Swansea and Team GB have been very good but we already have an abundence of midfielders at the club. I dont think he is what Liverpool need just now, he is probably slightly better than some of the players we currently have but IMO we should be looking for more firepower up top as we are still rather weak in that place on the pitch.

 

Also why did we sell Aquilani then go to buy a player like Allen?? Why didnt Brendan Rodgers give Aquilani a chance to prove himself then decide about replacing him or whatever. I know it freed up some wages but then that 'saving' is then going to be taken up again by Allen. The squad is already too big just now, especially in midfield positions.

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Liverpool cannot aford the luxury of Joe Allen, don't forget we still have Joe Cole. We need top class established players, You buy players like Joe Allen, when you are riding high. I consider Liverpool are in a crisis, and we need top class players to get us out of this mess.
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I have nothing personal against Charlie Adam, what I hate about Allen, is the way he commits clumsy fouls against opposing players and gets Liverpool free kicks against us. Adam, does not tackle well, and resorts to lunges and sly kicks, Adam, is also very slow for a Premiership player, his only virtue is that he does read the game quite well, but without pace you are useless in the Premiership. Allen, has not proven him self for any length of time in the top division, that's my one worry about him.
07/08/2012 10:32
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.........liverpool should offer Swansea £17m..........and if that doesn't work.......offer them £35m........
07/08/2012 11:11
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The only reason Liverpool is making an offer for Allen is because Rogers was his manager and he's going back to who he knows. I doubt if anyone outside these shores have even heard of Allen; I certainly hadn't until a month ago. Swansea isn't Barcelona and Allen isn't Messi, and Rogers should be reminded of that. Liverpool should tell Laudrup where to go.
07/08/2012 15:07
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What a load of rubbish 17...20 million, im a liverpool fan and why we are even interested in him is beyond me, hardly shone in the olympics has he....shocking.
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The money Swansea want for Allen is ridiculous. We have to sell Charlie Adam, Henderson and Downing first. Allen, is a good player but not a brilliant talent.what we do not need at Liverpool is another overpriced failure.
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So basically Laudrup has as good as said Allen is going and hes just trying to bump the price up a little.If he wasnt willing to let him go he would jut say not for sale.With Allen arriving,Dempsey on his way the future looks bright especially if we get the luck that deserted us last year hitting the woodwork40 odd times and missig virtually evey penalty we had,and the disruption caused by that lying negrito off the filthy mancs,oh how i laughed and laughd hen Man City scored 2 injury time goals to wipe the smirks of Ol Beetroot head sir exlaxes face aterr hed stayed on the pitch with all his players getting ready to celebrate the premieship hahahahah.
07/08/2012 13:19
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Of course he won't come cheap. They can see they are dealing with Liverpool. Yet again, other teams, Arsenal mainly, are picking up talented and proven performers for the fees that Liverpool are paying for 'potential'. Once again, the Liverpool manager is giving off clear signals of who he wants at the club and who he doesn't, reducing the fees for his own players while knocking the price up for the transfer targets. Another summer of questionable buys and sales ahead, i think.
07/08/2012 16:28
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I don't understand why some people come on here just to say how rubbish lfc is! I mean if they're that rubbish, they shouldn't be worth the bother right?

Besides we manage to beat most top teams every season, current Carling cup-holder and won the CL only seven years ago.. oh, and got to keep it too.

Not bad for a rubbish team in decline.

07/08/2012 21:41
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to all the man u fans i have very very very bad news for you..........
LUIS SUAREZ has signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool.

The deal will rocket the hotshot's wages to £120,000 a week, putting him on par with the club's big earners like captain Steven Gerrard.................................. hes coming to kick your buts  ..yet again

07/08/2012 18:21
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omg...." I can't see a player not in the starting 11 at Liverpool being in the starting 11 in our team".....news flash you are swansea you talking as if you was barca.and Michael Laudrup what you on about...Allen's value is on another level???? how you know what he is like ,you been in that job 2 weeks and he hasnt even been there as hes at the olympics...so stop talking bull.the only thing you not talking crap is your point about Jordan Henderson,the 16 mill for that crap who have a free transfer in 2 years time same as downing.
07/08/2012 17:20
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Thats crazy money for a player that has not got the calibre to play at the top level. He would suit Liverpool now but not where they want to be.

If it costs that much for Allen, how many hundreds of millions would it take to build a Liverpool team capable of top 4? More than they are worth!

07/08/2012 15:07
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What a load of rubbish 17...20 million, im a liverpool fan and why we are even interested in him is beyond me, hardly shone in the olympics has he....shocking.
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Bin dipper what ever your on mate can i have some , it must be great to be on another planet all the time.
07/08/2012 22:53
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as a liverpool supporter i believe joe allen is the wrong choice for liverpool fc having watched him playing for team gb he didn't do anything to change my mind,in fact he didn't do anything at all in any of the games if liverpool should go for anyone it should be that young goalie he is going to fly high i am not going to mention his name in case some other team might have the same idea oh dear too late
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