Liverpool's contract offer to Ruben Amorim revealed - terms 'almost agreed'

Liverpool have now made a contract offer to top managerial target Ruben Amorim, with financial terms 'almost agreed'.

Following Xabi Alonso's apparent decision to remain at Bayer Leverkusen, Amorim has risen to become the frontrunner to succeed Jurgen Klopp as the next Liverpool manager.

The 39-year-old is one of Europe's brightest young coaches, having led Sporting to the Primeira Liga title in 2021 and lifted three Taça de Liga trophies in his career so far.

He could well be on for more silverware this season, with Sporting leading the Portuguese league by four points, after beating Benfica 2-1 at the weekend.

There were reports that Liverpool had been set to meet with Amorim's representatives this week to negotiate possible terms, as the Reds look to steal a march on other potential suitors.

On Monday, Maisfutebol claimed that Liverpool submitted an offer to Amorim's team with negotiations to continue at the close of the season.

Meanwhile, journalist Pedro Sepulveda has gone one further, reporting that the Reds have officially offered a three-year deal to the coach, while the financial package is already 'almost agreed'.

He adds: "Negotiations remain positive for Amorim to become Liverpool's next coach."

Liverpool in pole position

With the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and potentially several other heavyweights all in the market for new managers this summer, there have been concerns that the battle for Amorim could become fierce.

However, according to transfer reporter Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool remain the 'most concrete' option.

He told Caught Offside: “We continue to get plenty of stories about managers who could be on the move this summer, but I don’t have any specific new club to mention with Ruben Amorim. This could change in the next weeks as I’m told there’s interest also from other clubs.

“Still, for now Liverpool are now the most concrete, the interest is there and contacts have taken place with Amorim’s camp.”

Romano also reiterated that it would likely take around €10m (£8.5m) to break Amorim's contract.

He continued: “There is a verbal agreement between Amorim and Sporting that he can leave for a fee of €10m if a big club makes a proposal, though his official release clause is €30m for other Portuguese clubs and €20m for other leagues.”

Lisbon, Portugal, April 02nd 2024: Ruben Amorim Sporting CP Manager in action during the Taca de Portugal 2nd leg semi-final game between - SL Benfica v Sporting CP - Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal Joao Bravo/SPP Copyright: xJoaoxBravo/SPPx spp-en-JoBr-JBF-3626

Amorim has recently stated that he cannot guarantee that he will remain Lisbon next season, while he was pressed again on his future after the weekend's big victory.

When asked after the game if guiding the club to another championship would be a big enough incentive to keep him in Lisbon next season, the former midfielder remained cryptic.

"I always want to answer but there are things I can't answer," he said (via A Bola). "Last year we came in fourth place and I thought I had to do something different, it couldn't be the same."

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