Anfield captain subject of La Liga interest.
Liverpool are this week preparing themselves for a mega bid from Real Madrid for captain Steven Gerrard and providing the money on offer is an acceptable amount then the England captain will be leaving Anfield this summer for the sunnier climate in Madrid. Reports in Spain are that Madrid are very serious about Gerrard and that they want him signed sealed as soon as possible
When Jose Mourinho took the job he made it clear that he wanted Steven Gerrard and expected the funds to be made available to sign the Anfield legend, Mourinho now has the money he wanted and intends to go after Gerrard with immediate effect, he will have to wait though for England’s participation to end in South Africa first, it is hard to see Gerrard signing a contract while away on England duty.
No fee has been mentioned in the reports, however it is understood that Real Madrid will make Liverpool an offer that will be acceptable, they are not going to play the games that Barcelona are playing with Cesc Fabregas, they intend to make an offer that is accepted almost immediately.
As far as the Spanish are now concerned, Steven Gerrard will be a Real Madrid player next season and it will be up to whoever the new boss will be at Anfield to find an adequate replacement.
How will that be achieved? Chances are it will not be and Liverpool will be all the more weaker for it. (Footylatest.com)
So will Liverpool be able to ward off interest from Jose Mourinho? Is such interest actual a reality or merely a bit of mindless gossip? Clearly Messrs Hicks and Gillett are considered pariahs in Merseyside but if they accept an offer for the Anfield skipper they may as well never set foot in the city again.
Can you see Steven Gerrard pushing for a move? It seems unlikely. However Real Madrid are wise to use the period of uncertainty at the club to try and unsettle the England man. Some reports put any potential bid at around £40m which seems about right for a player nearing 30.
Clearly a lot depends on who is brought in to replace Rafa Benitez and the sooner someone is appointed the better for everyone. Do Liverpool fans think that they could really lose their mercurial captain?