By Coral Barry
Joe Allen’s wage demands are likely to price him out of a move to Scotland, according to the player’s agent.
Allen has been linked with a reunion with his former Swansea and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and speculation has been growing that Celtic could try and tempt the Welshman away from the Premier League.
The 26-year-old, who has just a year remaining on his contract, has been on the fringes of the Liverpool team despite some fine performances in the second half of the season.
Asked about interest from Celtic, Allen’s agent Glenn Corcoran claimed the Scottish giants would have to match the £45,000-a-week contract he currently collects at Anfield as well as pay a significant transfer fee.
“This is the first I have heard of this,” said Corcoran speaking to the Daily Record. “Joe has a year left on his contract at Liverpool and nobody has spoken to us about extending that.
“The club have not spoken to us about selling him either. I haven’t given any thought whatsoever to it with regards to Celtic or any club.
“If Liverpool were willing to sell – and that is a big ‘if’ because I’ve not had that conversation with the club – they would ask for too much money for him.
“I don’t know if Celtic at this moment would be willing to spend that sort of money and the wages would also be a massive issue.”
Celtic made Rodgers the highest-paid manager in Scotland when he signed a £45,000-a-week deal and the Scottish champions would need to match that figure if they wanted to land Allen.
The midfielder is gearing up for Wales’ European Championships campaign, despite making just eight Premier League starts for Liverpool this season.
Allen has mostly played a bit part role at Liverpool in the last year, but managed to impress Jurgen Klopp and Reds supporters when he stepped in at the end of the campaign to fill in for the players who were playing in the Europa League.
Liverpool’s league campaign fell by the way side in the latter stages of the season as they concentrated all their first team efforts on the Europa League and Allen was a leading figure in the second string players who took on the league responsibilities in that period.
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