Manchester City get ready for Steven Gerrard summer swoop
Following Steven Gerrard’s remarkable claim that he could be tempted to move on from Liverpool in the summer if he isn’t offered a new contract, Manchester City have seemingly thrown their hat in the ring, as Coral writers recently predicted.
The Reds captain, whose deal runs out at the end of the season, recently stated: “I can only worry about this season because I’m only contracted until May.
“As it stands at the moment, I’m here until the end of the season and want to make the most of it. I certainly won’t be retiring this summer. I will play beyond this season.”
Gerrard then added: “We will have to wait and see if that’s at Liverpool or somewhere else. That’s Liverpool’s decision. If they don’t come then I will see what’s out there.”
As a result of the 34-year-old’s comments, inevitably clubs have become interested in attempting to snap up the former England skipper for free.
Premier League champions Man City (4/1 to win again) could be the ideal side for Gerrard if he were to end his 17-year association with Liverpool as a professional.
The Manchester club have already given Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, 36, a chance, following his departure from the Londoners, with the midfielder thriving during his loan stint from MLS franchise New York City FC so far.
So it seems age has no meaning for the Sky Blues, who could also potentially offer Gerrard the one trophy missing from his cabinet and that he has always openly desired; the Premier League. City have claimed the title in two of the last three campaigns.
Liverpool, although agonisingly fell short last season of winning the English top-flight, perhaps ironically due to their skipper’s slip against Chelsea, are now down in seventh and 12 points off the pace. The Reds are 2/1 chances just to finish in the top four this term.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini, when asked about the potential to sign Gerrard, did not play the talk down. “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,” the Chilean said.
“Like Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard is a top player and he can continue at a high level for a couple more years.”
With Gerrard potentially available for free and being English, that would work even more in City’s favour. The club were found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play rules last season, and have a very limited number of homegrown players on their books.
Lampard is set to leave City midway through the season to meet up with his new parent side New York City FC, who Gerrard has also been linked with, so the England centurion could be the ideal replacement.