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Swansea Midfielder, Joe Allen Ready To move To Liverpool FC

Joe Allen has told Swansea City he is ready to complete a record-breaking move to Liverpool FC. The 22-year-old has held meetings this week with chairman Huw Jenkins and new manager Michael Laudrup after returning from Olympic duty and spelled out his desire to leave for Anfield. The Wales midfielder is set for a £15m move to Anfield after former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers told his former employers he is prepared to meet the buy-out clause the 22-year-old’s contract.

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Swansea are now resigned to losing the 22-year-old before the start of the new Premier League season next weekend. Swansea are yet to receive a second written offer from Liverpool for the midfielder, who last month was the subject of a £12.5million bid from Anfield that also would have seen Jonjo Shelvey go to south Wales on a season-long loan. Allen has a clause in his four-year contract, signed last summer, which states if Liverpool bid £15million for his services, then Swansea must accept. The Reds are likely to meet that valuation for a player Rodgers rates highly, and sees as integral to the style of football he wishes to implement at Anfield.

Allen would be manager Brendan Rodgers’s second signing, after striker Fabio Borini. Rodgers had agreed not to poach any Swansea players for 12 months upon leaving the club in June, but it is understood that clause would be made redundant should the Liverpool manager make an offer that meets the release fee in a player’s contract. The move, which is expected to be sealed in the coming days, will smash Swansea’s previous record fee for the sale of a player – Jason Scotland’s £2million move to Wigan in June 2009 – and Swansea have earmarked a large slice of the cash for Bolton midfielder Mark Davies. Bolton midfielder Mark Davies is understood to be one of the players interesting the former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder, who is also close to bringing in striker Itay Shechter on a season-long loan from Kaiserslautern.
Allen was the star of the show as Swansea shocked the Premier League under Rodgers last season, with their style of play dependent on the Welshman’s ability to keep the ball ticking over in midfield. Swansea will be in no rush to find a replacement for Allen with Jonathan de Guzman used in his central role in the 4-2 friendly win over Blackpool in midweek, although they have registered an interest in Bolton midfielder Mark Davies.

Liverpool’s Alberto Aquilani completes journey with Liverpool FC, Switch to Fiorentina

According to the BBC, Alberto Aquilani is tonight in Italy as he seeks to seal a switch to Fiorentina. His three year nightmare at Liverpool is at an end after the Italian midfielder completed his protracted move to Fiorentina. The 28-year-old leaves Anfield having made just 18 Premier League appearances for the club, despite costing £17million when he was drafted in as Xabi Alonso’s replacement in 2009. Rafael Benitez brought Aquilani to Anfield as a replacement for Xabi Alonso, but he struggled with injury and only made 26 appearances in his first season.

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Aquilani scored two goals in his 28 appearances for Liverpool. Despite spending the last two seasons on loan at Juventus and AC Milan, his wages – in excess of £5m per year – were a drain on the Anfield club’s funds. A statement on club website liverpoolfc.com read: “Liverpool Football Club can today confirm that Alberto Aquilani has completed a permanent transfer to Serie A side Fiorentina. The Italian midfielder joined Liverpool in 2009 but made just 28 first-team appearances having spent the last two seasons on loan in his homeland. Everyone at the club would like to wish Alberto all the best for the future.” A permanent return to his homeland has now finalised with Fiorentina a deal reportedly worth £3million, with Liverpool said to be subsidising his wages for the first two seasons of his three-year deal at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. On Friday morning Fiorentina’s honorary president Andrea Della Vale hinted a deal was close. “He is the big name signing that we were waiting for,” he said. Aquilani’s new team-mate Francesco Della Rocca, added: “Alberto is a great player and he will do really well at Fiorentina. He wants to bounce back from what has not been a very positive time for him at Liverpool and I am convinced that it will be a big chance for him in Florence.”

Fiorentina are believed to be offering the Reds around £7m, which represents a huge loss on their initial £20m outlay. However, his departure will lighten the wage bill significantly, which is a priority for Brendan Rodgers under FSG. Aquilani’s exit is likely to accelerate Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers’ bid to sign Swansea’s Joe Allen, a player he knows well from their time together at the Liberty Stadium. Rodgers has already confirmed his interest in 22-year-old Allen while some reports claim the Welsh midfielder, currently on Olympic duty playing for Team GB, has already personal terms with the club.