Anfield side apparently put price on skipper’s head, will the Spanish giants go ahead and make large offer?
Real Madrid’s transfer consultant Ernesto Bronzetti claims they have been told Steven Gerrard would cost them £60m to buy from Liverpool.
The good news is that Real president Florentino Perez has been put off by that asking price, especially given the England captain’s age.
“The president does not agree with Gerrard because he is 30 and Perez doesn’t want to know,” said Bronzetti. “Plus Liverpool asked for €70million (£60million).”
The worrying news is that it again appears then that Liverpool are open to bids for their influential captain. (This is Anfield)
Indeed, very worrying. This source added.
It also emerged over the weekend that Liverpool have been in talks with Fiorentina over the sale of left back Emiliano Insua prior to Roy Hodgson’s appointment, and another report suggesting Palermo have held talks similarly for midfielder Lucas Leiva. (This Is Anfield)
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If all of this is true then it’s more than a tad worrying. Whilst clearly the asking price could be deemed inflated one wonders why Liverpool are even putting a price on Steven Gerrard’s head because if they are then it may well encourage our captain to consider his options because he may feel that the club is looking to cash in on his services.
This whole situation reminds a little of what happened to Kaka and AC Milan. After years of loyal service the Brazilian attacker found himself the target of a great deal of speculation and was continually linked with a move to Real Madrid. The player himself said very little about it and in fact seemed to be happy to continue at the San Siro but the cash strapped club, poorly run by Silvio Berlusconi, decided to put a wild valuation on the player, hoping to either cash in or scare off interest. The problem was that the La Liga giants were more than happy to pay up and Kaka felt that as the club had apparently stated their intentions by not making it clear he was not for sale he may as well leave the club.
Hopefully we can instead put out a statement similar to the one that Arsenal made about Cesc Fabregas, where the north London side made it clear that NO offer would be accepted for the Emirates captain.
Less worrying perhaps is the talk of a Lucas Leiva exit. The Brazilian definitely improved last season but is still in my view not good enough to play for a club hoping to play Champions League football as well as looking to become genuine title chasers.
Emiliano Insua is a different kettle of fish though. The Argentine has potential and we really should look to harness it rather than looking to offload him to the Serie A side.