Report: Liverpool £14m midfielder deal off, club baulk at price tag
By Harvey Byrne
Sevilla have pulled out of a deal to sign Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, according to a report.
Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo claim that Sevilla are refusing to pay the £14million asking price that the Reds have placed on the Wales international.
The Europa League champions have been linked with a summer swoop for Allen, reportedly seeing him as a replacement for the departed Even Banega and Grzegorz Krychowiak.
However, it seems as though despite £34million windfall from the sale of Krychowiak to Paris Saint-Germain, the Spanish club still think the Merseyside outfit are asking for too much for the Welsh star, who has one-year left on his contract.
Many Liverpool fans have called for Allen to be given another chance at Anfield, especially after his displays at the Euros, but it is claimed the Reds have informed suitors he is available for £14million.
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Allen fell down the pecking order at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp, but finished the season in a strong position after several eye catching performances in the Premier League as the Reds focused all their attentions on the Europa League.
The midfielder will have even more responsibility heaped on him on Wednesday night when Wales take on Portugal in their semi-final without the influential Aaron Ramsey or Ben Davies, who are both suspended for the game.
In other Liverpool news, the Reds have made a £15million bid for Croatian wonder kid Ante Coric.