Tuesday 11 December 2018

Joe Allen can leave Stoke City for £25 million this summer - but only if a top-six Premier League club wants him

Joe Allen
Joe Allen

John Percy

Joe Allen could leave relegated Stoke City for £25 million this summer – if a top-six Premier League club comes in for him.

Allen’s contract includes a complex clause which allows Manchester City, Manchester United, Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea to sign him for a set price, following Stoke’s relegation to the Championship.

The clause does not apply to former club Liverpool, who sold the Wales international to Stoke for £13m in July 2016, but the five other elite clubs can trigger his release by offering £25m.

Stoke are in a strong position to receive a substantial profit on the 28 year-old, as it is understood they can name their price to any other club.

West Ham had a proposal of around £25m rejected for Allen in January, and remain interested, but Stoke are ready to adopt a hardline stance on the midfielder’s future.

Stoke are even hopeful of persuading him to stay, despite relegation, and insist he would play a key role in their bid to make a swift return to the top-flight.

Allen has over three years left on his contract and Stoke would demand a significant fee if any offers from Premier League clubs outside the top six come in.

The futures of Jack Butland, Xherdan Shaqiri and Badou Ndiaye are also uncertain but manager Paul Lambert has warned his squad they will not be allowed to leave easily.

He said: "Lads are under contract. It's not as if you can just walk out here and throw your toys out the pram and think 'I'm going to go.' You might not be going anywhere.

"If the club keeps the core of the team and adds to it, adds guys that want to be here, the right type of player, the right type of mentality, the right character, then there's a great chance this club will bounce straight back up."

Stoke will play their final game of a troubled campaign at Swansea on Sunday, in search of only their seventh league win of the season.

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