National newspapers have reported that Swansea City will make an initial bid of £7 million to try and convince Tom Ince to move to the Liberty Stadium over a move to Anfield.
Liverpool have already had a £4 million bid rejected by Blackpool, with the Tangerines’ chairman stating that Liverpool’s price was some way off what the club were willing to accept.
It means that if Swansea come in with a bid of £7 million, Blackpool’s valuation, Liverpool may have to go some way higher than their second off of £6 million which could put them off leaving the Swans in the driving seat.
Michael Laudrup has done a brilliant job of re-inventing Swansea after Brendan Rodgers left to ironically join Liverpool.
He has based the Welsh side around passing and movement, with an emphasis of getting the ball into the final third much faster.
This is very similar to the way Liverpool are currently playing, with a brand new generation of youngsters coming into the Liverpool team looking to push the club forward.
It’s important to point out that Ince only left Liverpool in the summer of 2011 in a deal worth around £250,000. He may harbour a desire to go back or he may prefer a move to Swansea if he feels resentful towards Liverpool letting him go in the first place.
If both clubs meet Blackpool’s valuation then it could trigger a bidding war which could take the price for this player up to around the £10 million mark which may force Liverpool to step out of the equation.
They would step out of the equation because Rodgers has already spent over £12 million of the £20 million he was reported to have available before the start of January.
Liverpool are one of the clubs desperately trying to break even due to impending financial fair play rules which are being debated by Premier League officials.
If Liverpool were stalling in an attempt to get Blackpool to come down on their valuation then they have failed and they better act fast before they miss out altogether.
Swansea or Liverpool, who should Ince join?
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