Martin O'Neill has conceded that Gareth Barry will be allowed to fulfil his wish to join Liverpool - for the right price.
Villa boss confirms Liverpool target can go for the right price
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has conceded that Gareth Barry will be allowed to fulfil his wish to join Liverpool, so long as The Reds meet the club's valuation of the player.
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is keen to land England international Barry, who on Sunday reiterated his desire
to play UEFA Champions League football, as he looks to bolster his midfield ahead of the 2008/09 season.
However, the Anfield club have failed in their previous attempts to secure Barry's services, despite upping their offer earlier this month.
O'Neill has remained adamant that the club are desperate to retain their captain, but has now admitted Barry will be granted permission to leave - for the right price.
"The chairman and I were surprised at Gareth's comments," O'Neill told The Sun
"Contrary to what he said, we desperately wanted to keep him - and he knows that.
"But if Liverpool meet our valuation, Gareth will get his expressed wish to leave. Until then, he remains an Aston Villa player."
Liverpool's latest offer was reportedly in the region of £15million, but rumours claim Villa are holding out for a fee of £18million.