The curious case of Joe Allen's transfer value has been a surprising source of positivity for Liverpool this summer.
After struggling to get into the team this past season and making few highlights beyond a last gasp goal against Arsenal and a cover photo on a magazine about chickens, the midfielder was tabbed for a summer exit. He seemed to carry a much lower value than the £15 million Liverpool spent on in him in 2012, so a loss on that prior investment was expected.
But Allen's resurgent European Championships performance for Wales has made him a hot commodity among mid table Premier League sides looking to bolster their play in the middle. In turn, Liverpool are hiking up his transfer fee as teams continue to show interest in him.
The Reds have rejected an £8 million offer from Swansea City, according to the Echo, and while Swansea has yet to return with an increased offer, other teams are reportedly expected to join the fray in the coming weeks.
For supporters who always wanted Allen to succeed at Liverpool, this career turn is the next best thing. With his excellent play in the Euros, Allen has ensured that the team that buys him will appreciate his value and give him every chance to succeed as a starter. Plus, he'll likely get to play at a club more at his talent level.
Still, he'll be missed, even if he nets a much larger transfer fee than first expected.