SPICE BOYS KOP pounds 20m OFFER; Double-yer-money bid to keep Macca and Robbie.
Liverpool are ready to fork out more than pounds 20 MILLION to keep Robbie Fowler Robert Bernard 'Robbie' Fowler, (born 9 April 1975 in Liverpool) is an English footballer who currently plays for Championship side Cardiff City.
Fowler's career began with Liverpool,with whom he made his debut in 1993. and Steve McManaman Steven "Steve" McManaman (born 11 February, 1972, in Liverpool, England) is an English former footballer of the 1990s and early 2000s, who played as a midfielder in a career spanning two of European Football's biggest club football sides in Liverpool F.C. and Real Madrid. on Merseyside.
The Anfield board have come up with record-busting contract figures to head off spiralling foreign interest in their two young stars.
But incredibly it still might not be enough to prevent the duo switching to the Continent. McManaman's current deal expires at the end of next season and Fowler's a year later.
Both lads know they could earn fortunes under the Bosman system of free transfers within Europe.
McManaman, 25, and Fowler, 22, have no particular desire to leave Anfield but their advisers have been producing spectacular figures for them to look at. They calculate that the players could pocket as much as pounds 10m each if they went to a Continental side at the end of their contracts.
And that's why the advisers are looking for colossal co·los·sal
Of a size, extent, or degree that elicits awe or taxes belief; immense. See Synonyms at enormous.
[French, from Latin colossus, colossus; see colossus. deals to make sure their clients remain with Liverpool - and the Anfield hierarchy accepts the situation.
It was rumoured this week that Liverpool had prepared a pounds 6m, five-year offer for Fowler.
But we understand they are ready to give him almost DOUBLE that amount for the same period.
The likely breakdown would be a pounds 4m signing-on fee over the five years PLUS pounds 1.5m per year wages. That's around pounds 30,000-a-week on top of his signing fee.
McManaman will be offered a similar deal. Of course, once the boys are under a long-term contract, Liverpool can recoup a huge slice of their outlay if a big bid comes in.
The players' experts have told them that a new five-year deal should be worth close to pounds 15m.
But both stars are still loathe to leave their hometown home·town
The town or city of one's birth, rearing, or main residence.
Noun 1. hometown - the town (or city) where you grew up or where you have your principal residence; "he never went back to his hometown again" club. If they cannot come to any arrangement with Liverpool, Barcelona and Juventus will be in for McManaman while Real Madrid will lead the chase for Fowler.