Date: 6th July 2011 at 8:04am
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Aston Villa have rejected Liverpool’s latest bid of £15million for winger Stewart Downing according to reports. Villa apparently want £20million for the England international. It will be interesting to see if Liverpool do buckle to Aston Villa’s demands and pay the required amount.

On the other hand, Stewart Downing himself may hand in a transfer request and demand to be sold and then Villa may end up accepting Liverpool’s £15million offer.

The valuation of players this summer is very interesting and confusing at the same time. We reportedly paid Sunderland £16million for Henderson and now we could be spending £20million on Downing. That is a lot of money to spend, no wonder we are only willing to pay £15million for the Aston Villa winger.

Now the other option for Liverpool is to stop pursuing Downing if we are not willing to meet their valuation and rather go for Valencia’s Juan Mata who can be signed for £20million. Mata is younger than Downing and in my opinion is a better player than Downing. If we have £20million to spend on a winger, would you rather we buy Downing or Mata?