There is widespread panic across Liverpool as the future of their one-club captain, Steven Gerrard, threatens to turn into the transfer saga of next summer.
The former England captain’s contract at Anfield expires at the end of this season and with the club yet to offer their idol an extension, Gerrard put the frighteners on his devoted fans by revealing that he’d be happy to sign for someone else as a free agent.
With no plans to retire at the end of the current campaign, in which the Reds are 11/8 to retain their top-four status, Gerrard has firmly put the ball in Brendan Rodgers’ court as to where his future lies.
That hasn’t stopped an orderly queue forming for the midfielder’s signature, though and at the front of it is Manchester City. Financial Fair Play regulations will limit the Citizens’ spending next season and the club see Gerrard as the perfect bargain.
Having already successfully extended Frank Lampard’s top-flight career after his release from Chelsea, it’s clear the defending Premier League champions do not discriminate against age.
Lampard’s loan from MLS club New York City FC can be regarded as a success after he notched the equalising goal against his former employers earlier in the season and Manuel Pellegrini is on record stating his belief that, like the one-time Blue, Gerrard has fuel left in the tank.
“I don’t ever rate players on their age. It depends on the money they cost and the number of years they can play for,” Pellegrini said recently.
Both factors make Gerrard the perfect City target then, and if Liverpool don’t act swiftly, that interest could soon turn into a permanent transfer.
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