Sunday, 9 January 2011

Real Madrid exploit Kop crisis with Gerrard bid

Real Madrid want to exploit the Liverpool crisis by luring skipper Steven Gerrard.
The Spanish giants, coached by Jose Mourinho, are planning a £20million transfer coup this summer.
Mourinho came close to signing the England star when he was at Chelsea only for Gerrard to perform a dramatic U-turn just hours after handing in a written transfer request.
But sources inside Real believe Gerrard, 29, is losing patience with the problems engulfing Anfield and that his career will reach a crossroads this summer.Gerrard, who earns around £120,000 a-week, is under contract to Liverpool until 2013.But the Reds’ inability to compete for major honours is a far bigger issue than money to Gerrard.He resisted the growing temptation to seek a new challenge last summer when the club appointed Roy Hodgson in succession to Rafael Benitez.But Hodgson’s reign proved a disaster leaving Liverpool just four points above the relegation zone.

Spanish duo Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina could still quit the club even with Hodgson sacked.Striker Torres, who is a target for the likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich, was widely expected to leave Liverpool last summer before he pledged his future to the club at the start of the season.
Reina, who was linked with a £12m move to Arsenal in the August transfer window, could also decide to quit amid the current chaos.

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