Thursday’s Liverpool news and reports focus on new deals for a trio of players, plus the latest of Raheem Sterling’s contract situation.
First up is the news that Jordon Ibe will sign a new five-year deal next week. This is reported by Chris Bascombe in The Telegraph and James Pearce in The Echo.
Pearce writes that “Both the club and the player were baffled by reports earlier this week that he was stalling over a new deal and that he could be tempted by offers from elsewhere.”
Those reports originated in The S*n so no surprise there then.
Refreshingly, Pearce explains: “Ibe doesn’t have an agent, he’s represented by his stepfather and the negotiations have been conducted with a minimum of fuss.”
The 19-year-old’s new deal will be worth around £30,000 per week.
Pearce adds that Martin Skrtel and Joe Allen are expected to sign new deals this summer, while Bascombe adds that “Jon Flanagan will be retained despite facing another year on the sidelines with injury.”
There’s also an update of sorts of Raheem Sterling‘s contract situation and where the club stand.
Bascombe writes that Liverpool “have no intention of letting him go this summer and would rather keep him on his £35,000-a-week contract for the next two years than sell him to a rival.”
Sterling has been offered £100,000 per week several months ago, meaning he’ll have missed out on a million pounds by the summer. Continue that for another two years and he’d miss out on almost £8 million in wages.
Bascombe adds though that Liverpool would be prepared to sell if someone offered £50 million, saying “there is no indication that any team in Europe currently value him at such a level.”
“The Reds are one of a handful of clubs considering him in their search for an experienced, technically-sound defender,” they write. “Fonte could also help bring the best out of £20million man Dejan Lovren, who has endured a rough season since forcing a move away from the Saints last summer.”