Upon leaving Swansea City for Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers agreed not to sign any of the Welsh club's players for 12 months but that clause now looks likely to be waived as midfielder Joe Allen closes in on a move to Anfield.
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins is permitted to accept bids if he deems them in the best interests of the club, and Goal.com revealed on Tuesday that Liverpool are set to conclude a £13.5 million deal for the playmaker.
Rodgers had already moved to snap up striker Fabio Borini, who spent time on loan in Wales last season, but in Allen he looks set to acquire a player who fit his Liberty Stadium blueprint as much as any player he coached.
The 22-year-old's composure, intelligence and accurate passing set him apart last season and earned him a place in the Team GB Olympic football squad, but will be challenged by his new surroundings on Merseyside.
Swansea finished only five points behind Liverpool last season in their debut campaign in the Premier League but the pressure on Allen will be ramped up at Anfield.
He is likely to line-up alongside established figures such as Lucas Leiva and Steven Gerrard and will face further competition from Alberto Aquilani, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam.
Some question whether central midfield, given the presence of the players listed above, is an area in vital need of strengthening, while others believe Rodgers might be paying a premium for a player with only one season's top flight experience.
Does Allen have the ability to establish himself as a key member of the Liverpool midfield straight away? Or will he need time to settle into life at Anfield? Alternatively, is Rodgers paying too much money for the youngster?
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