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Barry & Young On Way Out + 1 In?!?!

The News of the World yesterday reckoned that Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez will get Gareth Barry this summer for a cut price 8million.


No chance will Villa let a player of Barry's quality go on the cheap, they played hard ball last summer and won and will surely do the same this summer with one big difference.

Gareth Barry WILL leave Villa Park unless we do get 4th. Martin O'Neill has already been quoted as saying he won't stand in the players way this time BUT no way will Villa let the player go on the cheap, if only 8m is on offer, they may just as well let the player run down his contract next season and leave on a free the summer after.

The article also claims that Rafa will ask Barry to be their Mr Play Anywhere.

Will Barry really want to go from being an important cog in the wheel to be a utility man at Anfield?

Difficult one but if we don't get 4th it does seem likely he'll be looking to end his 11 year association with us.

The Daily Mail meanwhile says that Chelsea are ready to offer 15million for Villa winger Ashley Young. FIFTEEN MILLION? He is worth more than that, we paid not far short of 13million which at the time raised many an eyebrow but now looks like a canny bit of business. They are also after another rumoured Villa target, Man City striker Daniel Sturridge who will be available on a free this summer.

That is the problem, if we can't take this, our best chance in years for 4th place, our top players will start to get restless in their dreams of playing Champions League football. However Villa did illustrate perfectly last summer, we are no longer a club who have to be pushed or bullied into selling players, on the cheap or otherwise.

Another rumour, this time inwards, is a link to Jose Manuel Jurado who is on loan at Mallorca from Atletico Madrid. The report says Villa scouts have been seen watching the Spanish U21 midfielder recently.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 29 2009

Time: 1:48PM

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Barry can buy out his contract this summer for about 7/8million, which Liverpool will pay him, so yes we probably will get Barry for about 8mill. I still think it's a waste of money.
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29/03/2009 15:30:00

I'm never sure of the rules with this buying contracts out, opinions seem to differ so much, but can't see that Barry will want to spend that much buying his own contract out anyway?
The Fear
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29/03/2009 15:44:00

No that's the point, Liverpool will give him the money to do it, and that will be the sum they pay for him in lieu of a transfer fee. He'll be paying Villa to release him as a free agent. Relatively free anyway, he'll then have to sign for the club that funded his buyout.
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29/03/2009 15:54:00

A player can't buy out his contract unless he is moving to a foreign league. hems the rules!
Villan Of The North
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29/03/2009 16:03:00

Villan Of The North, is correct.
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29/03/2009 16:42:00

Barry will have to go abroad. It makes me laugh when people come on here stating our players can do this and that to get a move. No team abroad has shown any interest in Barry so I think it's safe to say he will not be buying out his contract.
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29/03/2009 17:30:00
Nothing in there about it having to be to a foriegn league. If Barry tells O'Neill/Lerner within 2 weeks of the end of the season that he's going to do it, then he can do it and move whereever he likes.
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29/03/2009 17:50:00

Ah I've just found out that for some reason Scotland/England is counted as foreign, so I guess I was wrong. Oops :p
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29/03/2009 17:52:00

worth more than 15m! Has the credit crunch not reached Brum? Roman ain't as rich as he use dot be :-)
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29/03/2009 19:22:00

ok we'll accept 15 mil then ;-)
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29/03/2009 20:58:00

Do you honestly believe Villa are better off waiting another year for the inevitable and getting NOTHING out of it? Take the 8mill and invest it in a new, younger star... I understand Villa playing hardball last year and trying to convince Barry to stay (even though it cost them another 7mill - Liverpool offered 15mill) but being stubborn and losing another 8mill is ridiculous... if he doesn't want to be a villa player then villa should get rid of him now and get what they can out of it...
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30/03/2009 05:56:00

i think he will leave in the summer, and for about 8 - 10 mil. i have a feeling that probably had a bit of a gentlemanly agreement that he would let him go if we dont make the champ league. it will be interesting to see if liverpool still want him though a year is a long time in football and he hasn't been quite as good as he was last year
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30/03/2009 06:29:00

Barry and Young out, some unknowns in. Thats progression for ya!!
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30/03/2009 08:03:00

You really do sound like the 48 of last year. Negativity coming from all angles
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30/03/2009 10:01:00

Let Barry go and get a pacey, young, creative player in then everyones a winner. Let him ruin his villa 'legacy'. Young to chelsea??? What a joke that is! Contract extension anyone??!!
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30/03/2009 10:46:00

Amazing the response to a couple of two-bit-hacks! Its paper talk, look how many players we were linked with in the last 4-5 transfer windows. Journalist has a quiet week with his editor pressing him to fill column space, more column space means more pages they can squeeze adverts into, thus more money. Two-bit-hack thinks to himself "what can I dream up today?" hence 15m Ashley Young, they should be Labour politicians.... ;-)
Stourbridge Villan
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30/03/2009 16:28:00

Barry can buy out his contract this summer for about 7/8million, which Liverpool will pay him, so yes we probably will get Barry for about 8mill. I still think it's a waste of money. --------- If he can buy his contract for 7/8m there will be a tax issue there. PL players are paying 40% tax which makes 7/8 12/13 before PAYE.
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30/03/2009 19:06:00

Yeah if he goes abroad! Liverpool is not, contrary to belief....
Stourbridge Villan
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30/03/2009 19:49:00

Young has signed a new deal.... he wills stay.... it's Barry who's likely to go and I dont care if he does now... he's stayed an additional season, he's not going to sign a new contract so let him go, sell him, get 14m plus and be happy.
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01/04/2009 12:54:00

Wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if we had one or two high profile players wanting out should we miss out on a Champions League place. Both Barry and Young (Ashley) could well be among them.
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09/04/2009 01:58:00

Whoever moves on to pastures new though, lets not forget that just as they move on, so will the club. They will be replaced, and a new look Villa team will take shape. We got over Bruce Rioch leaving didn't we?
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