Saturday 18 November 2017

Liverpool agree a £6million fee with Swansea for Jonjo Shelvey

Jonjo Shelvey. Photo: Getty Images
Jonjo Shelvey. Photo: Getty Images

Chris Bascombe

Swansea City have agreed a £6 million fee with Liverpool for midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

The 21-year-old now looks set to move to Wales in pursuit of more regular football.

A deal could go through by the weekend, recouping further funds for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

Shelvey was a regular starter early last season but featured far less after January, particularly as Jordan Henderson regained some form.

A member of the England Under 21 squad and former Arsenal and West Ham trainee, Shelvey joined Liverpool from Charlton in 2010 and was called up by Roy Hodgson for full international honours last season.

Michael Laudrup has now identified his potential as he seeks to build on his excellent first season at The Liberty Stadium.

With Liverpool returning to pre-season on Tuesday, it was made clear to Shelvey the club would not stand in his way if the right bid came in offering an opportunity to develop his career elsewhere.

Norwich and Crystal Palace have also shown interest in the midfielder whose opportunities at Anfield are sure to be affected by the recent arrival of Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto from La Liga.

The lack of European football at Anfield this season means, barring injuries, only the League Cup offers an obvious starting opportunity for fringe players and even that competition will be taken more seriously by Rodgers this year given fewer early season commitments.

Swansea, in contrast, are in Europe and need to enhance their squad numbers.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins confirmed Shelvey was a target.

"There is an interest there and we are talking to Liverpool," he said.

Telegraph.co.uk

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