Inter Milan should push ahead in their bid to sign Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in January.
The 34-year-old is yet to agree a contract extension over on Merseyside, and according to a report in the Daily Mail new Inter boss Roberto Mancini is keen to tempt him out of English football for a new challenge in Serie A.
Brendan Rodgers only admitted earlier this month that he expects his talisman to remain at the club, but further hesitation could spell the end of his love affair with Liverpool and see him plying his trade in Italy as direct consequence.
Club legend could move on
If Gerrard does depart it would spell the end of a glittering spell at Anfield that has seen him experience the highs and lows of the game along the way.
Despite experiencing life at the club under a number of different managers, it was under the stewardship of Napoli manager Rafael Benitez where he came particularly to the fore.
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Under the Spaniard he captained the side to the Champions League in 2005, where they beat AC Milan with a stunning comeback in the final, before firing them to the FA Cup in Cardiff one year later.
However he is still without a Premier League winners medal after coming agonisingly close both in 2009 and last year, and may opt to remain with the Reds to finally fulfil his dream of delivering the club a 19th league title before the end of his career.
Inter experience offers trophy chance
After appointing Mancini as manager on Friday, Inter are keen to rebuild after a sluggish start to the season that have left them ninth in the table and 12 points off current champions and league leaders Juventus.
Despite snaring former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic to the club on a free transfer they are sorely lacking a leader on the pitch, something Gerrard would provide if he is to move to Italy’s top flight.
Mancini is keen on the idea of using him as inspiration for the younger players of the squad, with his privileged career making him an icon for many of the younger players in world football.
English players that have moved to Serie A have enjoyed mixed fortunes, with Paul Gascoigne and Jay Bothroyd representing Lazio and Perugia in the past, and moving on from Liverpool would represent a serious risk for Gerrard.
Likelihood of shock switch?
Many still expect Gerrard to remain at Liverpool having represented the club ever since 1998.
Having lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona in the summer, Rodgers must beware losing another inspirational figure especially given their current struggles in the league to date.
Summer recruits Mario Balotelli, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Dejan Lovren have all struggled in the early embers of the season, and only by keeping Gerrard at the club may the money invested in them one day be justified.
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