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The Barry Saga Rumbles On

The Barry Saga Rumbles On

The Liverpool Daily Post say that Gareth Barry will be kept waiting on his 'dream move' to Anfield because Liverpool are set to tell Martin O'Neill to 'get real' over the valuation. Err, haven't Liverpool just turned down a £9 - £10million bid for Peter Crouch? Get real! Apparently O'Neill is now refusing to deal with the Anfield outfit and has left contact to Villa director Paul Faulkner. O'Neill says his valuation is similar to the £18million Liverpool paid last summer for Javier but Tom-Jones-Mini-Me Benitez doesn't agree due to the age difference. Yawn.

The Daily Post goes on to say: For the first time, Liverpool have admitted that they fear that the stalemate could last much longer than they’d hoped unless a compromise can be reached and Barry now faces the prospect of having to report for the start of Villa’s pre-season training at Bodymoor Heath.

Shudders. What a terrible prospect to have to turn up to one of the best training facilities in the world to train for one of the true bastions of world football. I could go on a ramble now reminding those ignorant to Villa that it was our very own William McGregor who founded the league and set the template for what followed but I won't as all you get is the same old 'my club is bigger than your club' rubbish back!

I was arguing the toss with a reporter yesterday, he was saying that Barry would definitely go now he has said he wants to leave, I disagreed and said he'll only go if Liverpool pay the price that Villa want. Randy Lerner and Martin O'Neill are not the sort to be bullied into doing something they don't want to and they have the best interests of Villa closest to their hearts.

Oh and some berk called Jonathan Fear was quoted on Sky Sports News yesterday as saying if he or anyone else leaves, things will carry on as 'no player is bigger than the club'. That reminds me, I forgot to ask for my £25 000 fee. Damn.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday June 26 2008
Time: 10:03AM


Oh this is news to me, I was told it was a done deal. Maybe BBB and Jonah were right, maybe Villa are not the walk overs that 99% of the fans in the forums believe us to be. Unless they pay up, which they wont, Barry is not going nowhere.
26/06/2008 10:22:00
Villa told to get real over 20m for Barry, I think Liverpool should look at there own house 10m for Carson ? when Spurs only want 5m for Robinson.
26/06/2008 10:26:00
Barry isn't going anywhere until the Sidwell deal is concluded. And even then the Scousers will have to get real and cough up at least 18m. Shame we missed out on Riise...would have liked to have seen him at VP...otherwise the only other Pool player I'd like to see in claret and blue is Torres. Has Magic Mart suggested a straight Barry-Torres swop deal ? Maybe he should...Just to further wind up mini-Tom Jones if nothing else...
26/06/2008 10:47:00
We don't need to keep Barry to attract top players....I would like us to keep Barry nonetheless.
26/06/2008 10:52:00
Carrick: £18.6m, Hargreaves: £17m, Mascherano £18m, Essien £24.4m, Makele £16.6m (signed when aged 30), Wright-Phillips £21m, Modric £16.6m. There's probably more if was bothered about sifting through soccerbase for a bit longer. The point is, top class players are expensive, and the high teens are what a top class midfielder costs. Benitez knows that decent players cost this much because he's paid it already with Mascherano and Torres. He paid almost £7m for Pennant for goodness sake, and he's somewhat 'soiled'. I don't think the get real accusations should be coming from Liverpool, the Villa fully justified in saying that back to them. The problem isn't that Varry's not worth it, it's just that Liverpool are clearly skint. Of course, if Liverpool can't afford Barry then may I suggest Steven Davis from Fulham.
26/06/2008 10:53:00
Don't know what happened with the 'Varry' thing above, I seem to have come over like a Korean dictator in Team America?! "So rownree, I'm so rownree..."
26/06/2008 10:56:00
Villa fans want £20 mil for Barry because he's an England international, and come up with Carrick and Hargreaves as examples, yet they scoff at Rafa's £15 mil valuation for Crouch, who's also an England international, when Bent, who's not an England international, was bought for £16.5 mil by Spurs. Why being an England international increases Barry's price and not Crouch's?
26/06/2008 11:41:00
lorenzo is right, we've apparently had a £15m bid for bently turned down, ok he's younger than barry, but not as good, experienced or has had as many caps so for me £20m for barry is fair, I don't think he'll go (because they cant afford him), and if he does stay I'm sure he'll be playing champs league football in the near future. I really believe we'll be on Liverspuds shoulder this season, and barry may be relieved he stayed. ps Would still like Bentley and Sidwell in as well as Barry.
26/06/2008 11:45:00
It's quite simple. Barry is under contract at Villa and at risk of repreating myself, repeating myself, we can ask whatever the **** we want for him. So, my tubby Spanish friend, i suggest you give your trap a rest and show us the money!!!!
26/06/2008 11:46:00
JohnDoe. Fine. If Liverpool want £15m for Crouch, £10m for Carson that is THEIR perogative, but they have to accept that we want at least £18m for Barry. I used to have a lot of respect in how Liverpool FC was run. Not any more. Just because they have little money they cannot expect to sell at top prices if they are not also going to have to buy at top prices. Pay up or no go.
26/06/2008 11:49:00
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