Is Rafa after Shawcross?
Stoke are preparing to brace themselves for a tempting bid from Liverpool for young promising centre half Ryan Shawcross. The young Potter was a revelation last season and has been the subject of rumours linking him with a move to Tottenham and West Ham.
This though is a lot more worrying because although Ryan has committed himself several times over the past few months the lure of champion`s league football is likely to tempt him away from the Brit. The Reds have been dealt a hard hand over the past few weeks with Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel all looking very unlikely to be fit to start the campaign which begins this Sunday away at Spurs.
Rafa must have been impressed last season when Shawcross thwarted Liverpool twice in two 0-0 draws, two results that Reds fans blame for their unsuccessful attempt to claim the Premier League trophy.
Realistically though this is a wake up call to make us realize we will eventually lose Ryan to a much more high profile club. Stoke as we know aren`t the richest club in the world and if Liverpool are prepared to pay £6-7million then Shawcross might be on his way.
If Ryan takes time out to think the move through he will realise that a season playing Carling Cup football awaits him as main premier league and champions league football is doubtful with 3 players ahead of him in the pecking order.
That leaves him with the simple question
Money or Football?