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Press Determined To Unsettle Barry?

Press Determined To Unsettle Barry?

According to The Sun, one of a few papers who seem determined that Villa will offload Gareth Barry, say that Steven Gerrard is 'backing' Rafa Benitez's wish to bring Barry to Anfield. Isn't that tapping up a player? It will certainly have an unsettling effect on our captain.

According to the red top the scouse and England midfielder, who is close friends with Barry, 'gave the plan an emphatic thumbs-up'. They continued: 'SunSport revealed on Tuesday that Benitez has made Barry, 27, his No 1 transfer priority. He has contacted Villa boss Martin O'Neill and has told him he can have first option on the likes of Peter Crouch and John Arne Riise as part of a possible player-exchange deal.'

The fee if no exchange can be arranged according to the press is £12million. According to our latest poll there isn't a fee around worth selling Barry for as it would send out the wrong signals!

Maybe if we have to sell him we take Peter Crouch, Scott Carson and John Arne Riise + £5million! :o)

As far as I can see, there are no quotes for this story but if Gerrard has been talking about another teams player, then we should go all out not to sell the player to that team, as said it seems to me that there is an attempt here to unsettle our skipper.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday April 17 2008
Time: 9:27AM


Please dont go Barry.
17/04/2008 09:37:00
agree with our poll results so far, it would send out the wrong signal. I do fear the prospect of champions league football might be too good to turn down though.
The Fear
17/04/2008 09:51:00
i don`t think the press are trying to unsettle barry i doubt they give a ***** they have to have somthing to hand in to their boss and thats all it is.As for barry leaving i hope he doesn`t but i am not naive enough to think that players "care" about clubs enough to put the club over their own career or bank balance and rightly so.If he goes he goes he can be replaced like any other player.
17/04/2008 09:56:00
money talks unfortunatley !!
17/04/2008 10:04:00
i dunno, barry seems like a genuinely decent, loyal bloke. i can see him wanting to stay at villa and getting US into the champions league and becoming a true villa great. besides, do you really think liverpool are in a position to talk about summer transfer targets in their current predicament? and why would barry want to move there when there is no certainty about who the manager or chairman will be next season? the sun has created bull**** rumours time, and time, and time again. its so tedious i wonder why anyone reads that **** anymore.
17/04/2008 10:23:00
Barry has been linked with 'Big 4' clubs every summer for as long as I can remember. He's resisted the allure and the money of Chelsea and Liverpool before, so why would he move now? We've got one of the best man-managers in the world, he's our captain, and we're improving every season. He's not going to go to Liverpool, whose manager will most likely be out the door this summer, and whose owners can't stop arguing with each other in the press.
17/04/2008 10:32:00
I agree barry is a great bloke putting your own career first doesn`t make you a bad person i don`t understand it when football fans take that view if he goes i wil lwish him well and move on all players can be replaced nowadays,i reckon he will stay though.
17/04/2008 10:34:00
I don't see this happening, especailly after he decided to stick with us two summers ago. It's no coincidence that the week before a very important derby clash unsubstaniated rumours are thrown at the press designed to unsettle our captain and perhaps even the whole squad. This gossip has probably been started by Small Heath!
17/04/2008 10:37:00
Mr O'Neill has been in the press saying that he "won't hold people at the club against their will". I think GB is going to leave. ________________________________________________________________ If he does then it will be more fool him, as Liverpool are in decline and Villa are on the up!
17/04/2008 11:34:00
I think Barry only needs to have a quick look at the Prem table... how much more have Liverpool spent than us season after season??.. yes they are in the semi finals of the Champs League but thet are not exactly a million miles away from us in the Prem..we have had one of the smallest squads in the Prem for several seasons now.. surely this is the summer to add quality and numbers..surely we will be breaking into the top 4 soon if this plan swings into action. Liverpool have Torres and Gerrard + lots of unknowns and + lots more overated unknowns..O'Neil already has an English core to his side. I think he will continue this in the summer and people will stand up and notice AVFC once more. O'Neil has now helped good English players playing in Claret N' Blue get the recognition from the national side they deserve. That's what Barry wanted.. he is now an English regular (& Future captain?). Next thing Barry now wants is to be playing regularly in Europe. We haven't got that yet. But we WILL soon. UEFA 1st then Champs league would be shame if he missed out cus thats the way we're heading regardless. UTV
17/04/2008 11:39:00
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