Brendan Rodgers will cost Kop £5m
LIVERPOOL will have to pay Swansea City around £5 million if they are to make Brendan Rodgers the new manager at Anfield.
Rodgers held talks with Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins yesterday and, although the club insisted discussions were “routine”, speculation linking the Northern Irishman to the Liverpool job is gathering momentum.
The Swansea boss turned down an approach to speak to the Reds 12 days ago, but the Merseyside giants are still believed to be keen on holding talks with the 39-year-old.
Rodgers signed a new contract earlier this year and, with three years left on his current deal, the Evening Post understands Liverpool will need to stump up £5 million in compensation if they are to take him from the Liberty Stadium.
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Rodgers had previously been on a rolling contract, but the three-and- a-half-year deal he penned in the spring will guarantee Swansea a big pay-day if their manager moves on.
A successful bid from Liverpool would equal the record compensation fee for a British manager, with Tottenham paying Portsmouth £5 million for Harry Redknapp in 2008.
One of the other leading candidates for the Liverpool vacancy, Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, held discussions with the Reds’ American owners yesterday, but Rodgers remains the bookmakers’ favourite for the job. Last night Rodgers was a 1-3 chance, with Martinez at 5-2.
Rodgers initially rejected the opportunity to talk to Liverpool as reports suggested the Reds were interviewing up to a dozen candidates in their search for a successor to Kenny Dalglish.
Louis van Gaal and Jurgen Klopp are among other high-profile names to have been touted as possible contenders, but it is Rodgers who seems to be Liverpool’s top target, even though Swansea insist there has been no fresh approach from the Merseyside club.
It is believed Rodgers’s future could also have a bearing on Swansea’s record £6.8 million deal for Gylfi Sigurdsson, which the club hope to complete this week.
Rodgers worked with the Icelandic midfielder when he was in charge at Reading in 2009, and it is feared Sigurdsson’s transfer could be in jeopardy if Rodgers leaves.