Steven Gerrard takes over as Rangers manager on Friday, and one of the first decisions he will have to make is about the future of Bruno Alves.
The Daily Record is reporting that Portugese side Vitoria Guimarares are interested in signing the veteran defender, but that the player’s wages might scupper a move.
The report also claims that the Gers may want a transfer fee for the player, should they decide to sell him.
Gerrard and Gers director of football Mark Allen have a big decision to make. The report claims that Alves’ wages are £28,000-a-wk, and getting them off the wage bill could free up plenty of money for new signings.
But the 36-year-old has played well on occasion for the Gers last season, and Gerrard needs all the experienced players he can get at the club, and Alves is certainly one of those.
It might come down to the players Gerrard brings in this summer, that defines Alves’ future.
If the Gers boss brings in a few new centre-backs, then Alves would be better off leaving.
But if only David Bates is replaced, then Alves should be retained by the incoming Gers boss.
Alves does have something to offer the Gers as he approaches the veteran stage of his career, but that might not be enough for Gerrard, who might well want to start as he means to go on – by getting rid of the high earners.
In other Rangers news, a Gers flop is reportedly set to leave the club