The Daily Mail has reported today that Liverpool are bracing themselves for a battle to keep Luis Suarez this summer. It is understood that Real Madrid and possibly Barcelona will make a move for the Uruguayan striker.
Real Madrid have long been interested in the services of the Uruguayan and today’s report confirms that if they want to have any realistic chance of signing Suarez, they will have to break a world record for a second year in a row as Liverpool management will not accept anything less than £82m to part the ways with their number one player.
The Mail reports that Suarez has signed a new improved deal with Liverpool just four months ago and now his wages are in the region of £200,000 a week, which makes him one of the highest paid players in the EPL. But still, the glamour of playing for Real Madrid is too much to ignore for Suarez, and Blancos’ president Florentino Perez is also a big admirer of the Uruguayan which makes the task of LFC management to keep him at Merseyside very difficult.
However, understandably, Liverpool will resist any offer for their leading man. But Suarez is known to be keen on Madrid and would find resisting a switch difficult. And Real striker Karim Benzema, who is about to enter the final year of his Madrid contract, could be used as a possible make-weight if a cash deal cannot be reached.
Benzema is enjoying a productive season under Ancelotti at the Santiago Bernabeu, but any move for Suarez will open an exit door for the Frenchman as Real will try to generate some cash for the Liverpool player’s transfer.
Barcelona are also said to be interested in signing Luis Suarez, as well. Apart from Messi, no other Barcelona striker (including Neymar) has been able to satisfy the FCB management this season and recently, they have been linked with a move for Man City striker Kun Aguero also. However, the financial might of the Citizens will be difficult to break and hence, Barcelona may decide to lock horns with Madrid for Suarez’s signature.
However, Daily Mail reports that Real Madrid are favourites to land the Uruguayan in but Barcelona could challenge.
If Real Madrid can pay £83 million for Gareth Bale, they can certainly pay something similar for Suarez. And considering that the player himself is interested in a transfer, it will be very difficult for LFC management to persuade him. So, expect a long running Bale-like drama for Luis Suarez this summer.