Writer: J P Fear
Date:Sunday March 29 2009
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.
Date:Sunday March 29 2009
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