You need to remember that he came from City on a free so his current salary will be inflated due to ‘no fee’.
Liverpool can’t roll him on to a lower value contract as I understand the rules. They’d need to release then re-sign. I don’t think they will pay an increasingly bit part player 80k per week either. What he got is irrelevant it’s what he can get and maybe where he wants to live.
Cellino did a good job on costs and was realistic with money. The state of the club at the time was one of the main reasons Radz bought in.
The alternative to MB is Hughton....who would cost less, much less as an overall package.
Depends what the club thinks, you could sell Bamford to fund Milner for 2 years if there is a genuine belief that he’s the man. Promote Edmondson to first team with Roofe or get a ‘Pukki’ from abroad.
I'm intrigued by the first bit, what rules would prevent a new contract offer being lower than the old one? Lukey Millions took a pay cut for a longer deal a few years back and the club made it known publicly.
Fair point on him moving on a free but.. it's the same situation this summer so it still plays into his hands. I think a large part of his market value is the home grown quota, there's still relatively few proven players who meet the criteria. You'd think at least half the PL would be interested in him on the right terms (still more than we could sensibly offer).
I think the chance died last Wednesday but I'm going to hang on to that hope he'd almost be prepared to pay us just to finish his career as Leeds captain, because he's rich enough and still loves Leeds and because it's what I'd do in his shoes with £50m or so behind me.