Swansea manager Michael Laudrup says that Liverpool should have to pay in the region of £20million if they want to sign Wales international Joe Allen. Swansea midfielder Joe Allen has been targeted by former his former manager, and new Reds boss, Brendan Rodgers. (Picture: Getty) The 22-year-old signed a four-year deal at the Liberty Stadium last season and Laudrup is adamant that Allen will only join up with ex-Swans boss Brendan Rodgers at Anfield if a record fee is paid. And he said the Wales midfielder is a class above recent Reds signings, after Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson arrived at Anfield on big money deals last season. ‘The manager knows him and knows if he wants to change the way Liverpool play he needs a player in the midfield like Joe Allen,’ Laudrup said. ‘But he also knows he’s very, very expensive. We saw they bought a couple of midfielders in the last few years for a lot of money, but with all due respect Joe is on a level above.’In my opinion, if one is worth £17m then Joe is worth more, perhaps over £20m. I’m talking as a football man not as a chairman but if the chairman asks my advice then I will tell him the same.’ Liverpool are thought to have offered in the region of £12m last month for the highly-rated midfielder, which included the loan of Jonjo Shelvey, but the Swans boss played down any sort of part-exchange deal. ‘If we could have (Luis) Suarez … We have good players here and they have good players, but I can’t see a player not in the starting XI at Liverpool being in the starting XI in our team.’And while Allen might be leaving the Liberty shortly, Laudrup says he is close to securing deals for several new arrivals. ‘One is quite close but the other one is more difficult, but I hope he will be an important player for us,’ Laudrup said.’He is playing at quite a big club so it’s not that easy. They are both offensive players. One can defend as well. We are also working on other alternatives.’ Check out our latest daily transfer gossip live blog
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