In Brief

Steven Gerrard 'could join Manchester City'

Liverpool loyalist Steven Gerrard weighs up his options, with a move to Man City or America on the cards

Anfield stalwart Steven Gerrard could be on his way to Manchester City. According to The Sunday Times, the Liverpool legend "has admitted there is uncertainty regarding his future" at the club he's served so faithfully since 1998.

The 34 year-old's contract expires at the end of the season and it's believed he is weighing up his options: namely, whether to sign on for a final hurrah with the Reds or accept a fresh challenge in the hope of reinvigorating a career that has stalled in the past six months.

When asked about the possibility of signing the Liverpool captain, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini replied: "Gerrard is a top player and he can continue at a high level for a couple more years."

He also dismissed suggestions that Gerrard might be a little over the hill, saying: "I don't ever rate players on their age. It depends on the money they cost."

The news that their talisman might be thinking of leaving has rattled the Reds with manager Brendan Rodgers vowing to fight to hang on to Gerrard. "I had a meeting with Steven's representative explaining the situation," said Rodgers. "I very much want him to be a part of what we are doing here…. I relayed that to the ownership. I'm sure he will go away with that and hopefully his representative will organise a deal. Steven is very much part of what I'm doing here."

But according to Metro Gerrard may end up not in Manchester but in the big Apple. Apparently the New York Cosmos are increasingly confident of luring him Stateside next summer because one of their board members is former Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry.

Talking of old-timers, the Mirror claims that Rio Ferdinand is also being target by Major League Soccer. The 35-year-old veteran is currently on the naughty step after being hit with a three game ban from the FA for tweeting offences (there's a sentence you didn't hear in Bobby Moore's day), and it seems his sense of injustice at the punishment might lead him to leave England and accept a well-paid end to his career.

With David Beckham, Jermain Defoe and Frank Lampard all having headed across the pond in recent seasons, the Mirror says that the QPR ace is being eyed up by a number of franchises. Then again, the paper also adds that social networking renegade might look east, to either the Middle East or even the new Indian Super League.

From one extreme to the other and the news in the Daily Star that Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United are all on the tail of teenage sensation Ethan Ampadu. The 14-year-old "starlet" played a starring role for Wales in their 1-0 Victory Shield win over England on Friday night, a performance that has only increased his appeal.

Arsenal are said to be best placed to land the youngster because his old man, Kwame, is an academy coach at Arsenal at the Emirates. The Star reports that Ampadu, a central midfielder on Exeter's books, was courted by the England's Under-15 before pledging his allegiance to Wales.

Recommended

Messi vs. Ronaldo: football’s great rivalry
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Profile

Messi vs. Ronaldo: football’s great rivalry

Qatar’s tainted World Cup
Workers at the site of the Lusail Stadium in 2019
Why we’re talking about . . .

Qatar’s tainted World Cup

Ralf ‘professor’ Rangnick takes charge at Man Utd
Ralf Rangnick: a hatred of star players
Profile

Ralf ‘professor’ Rangnick takes charge at Man Utd

Solskjær saga and lack of strategy defines the Glazer era
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
View from the terraces

Solskjær saga and lack of strategy defines the Glazer era

Popular articles

Is World War Three looming?
Xi Jinping
In Depth

Is World War Three looming?

Is Boris Johnson’s authority ‘evaporating’?
Boris Johnson
Behind the scenes

Is Boris Johnson’s authority ‘evaporating’?

Vladimir Putin and his mysterious love life
Vladimir Putin and his now ex-wife Lyudmila Putina
Profile

Vladimir Putin and his mysterious love life

The Week Footer Banner