Boss keen to speak with Allen
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is set to hold talks with Joe Allen over the midfielder's future.
Allen, 22, has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, where he would be reunited with former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers. It is understood Swansea have rejected an offer of £12.5million, which included loaning Reds midfielder Jonjo Shelvey this season. However, there is believed to be a clause in Allen's contract that would leave the Welsh club obligated to accept a bid of £15million. Laudrup spoke to Allen on Monday for the first time since taking over in June, although he insisted the pair did not discuss any potential move to Anfield. But the Dane expects to talk things through with the Wales international when he returns to training after his Team GB Olympic exploits on Wednesday. "Joe Allen showed up at the training ground, he did not train but I had a small chat with him, but we did not touch the subject right now," said Laudrup. "I did not think it was the proper moment, but we will have to talk about that with the player to see what he wants so we can say something official, otherwise the rumours will go on until August 31, which is not in anyone's interest. "On Wednesday he will be back in training with the other two guys who have been at the Olympics and then we will have some talks so it does not go on until the last day of the transfer window."