Luis Suarez: 5 Clubs the Liverpool Striker Could Sign for This Summer

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2013

Luis Suarez: 5 Clubs the Liverpool Striker Could Sign for This Summer

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    With European football an uncertainty at Anfield next season, there has been growing speculation that star striker Luis Suarez will soon seek pastures new.

    Just a few weeks ago, Brendan Rogers seemed sure the Uruguayan would stay with the Reds, but the 26-year-old has now revealed he would be willing to listen to other offers. The Guardian quotes:

    If another team comes around with more prospects of competing in international club competition games, which is willing to have me, they are welcome. We would talk to the club. We would see if I want to go, if I don't want to go.

    With Champions League stardom apparently more of a priority than loyalty, here are five clubs who could welcome Suarez in the summer.

Bayern Munich

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    One of the most exciting prospects of 2013-14 is Pep Guardiola's return to football at the helm of Bayern Munich. Even fast food chains can barely contain their excitement of Barcelona's most successful manager joining forces with one of Europe's most feared sides.

    Since Pep's appointment—and the speculation that he will have a "war chest" of over £240 million to bring in the world's finest players—Luis Suarez has been heavily linked to the Bundesliga leaders, with The Daily Mail asserting he is the Spaniard's top target.

    The striker fanned the Bundesliga rumor flames a few weeks ago when he said he would be "willing to listen and think about" an offer from Die Roten.

    If Bayern are willing to spend the €45 million that the Premier League top scorer would command, a deal seems likely. Whether the Germans would actually need to spend that much considering their current strengths is another issue.

Manchester City

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    With club top scorer Edin Dzeko only managing 12 league goals this season—and looking likely to depart this summer—the Premier League champions must prioritise the pursuit for a striker. This is particularly true if Carlos Tevez follows Mario Balotelli out of the door too.

    Before their 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Eastlands in February, Roberto Mancini heaped praise on Suarez, reigniting rumors that he would pursue the forward at the end of the season.

    According to The Guardian, the Italian name-checked Suarez and Edinson Cavani in a recent interview about potential signings, while discounting Neymar for his lack of suitability to English football.

    With a proven track record in the Premier League—and an obvious desire to play Champions League football while being handsomely remunerated!—Suarez could be an ideal fit for the Citizens. 

Atletico Madrid

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    Having separated Barcelona and Real Madrid for much of the season, Atletico Madrid currently sit third in La Liga, some 15 points clear of ensuring a spot in the Champions League.

    Atleti look set to lose star striker Radamel Falcao to Chelsea (via The Guardian), which means they will have a free slot up front—and anything up to £45 million with which to fill it.

    Suarez was first linked with a £40 million bid from Los Colchoneros last November. The same newspaper repeated the same rumour a few weeks ago, with supporting evidence from an Atletico source. "We won't be making firm approaches until May but our objectives are absolutely clear," the source said.

    The Spanish side's second-choice striker, according to The Mail, is Manchester United's Chicharito. Perhaps more likely, however, is a player-plus-cash deal for Falcao that would send Fernando Torres back to the club where he made his name. 


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    While Chelsea may help facilitate Luis Suarez's exit from Anfield by helping him switch places with Radamel Falcao at Atletico Madrid, there's also the possibility the Blues could target the Uruguayan themselves.

    The last time Chelsea paid Liverpool an extortionate price for a world class striker, it didn't work out too well, as Fernando Torres has ultimately failed to deliver the goods at Stamford Bridge. However, he looks certain to exit this summer, which could open the door for what The Express call an "audacious grab" for Suarez.

    If Falcao opts to move to the other side of Madrid instead of London, the likelihood of a swoop for the Liverpool star suddenly increases.

Paris Saint-Germain

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    As part of Suarez's recent—and apparently deliberate—crusade to put himself in the shop window for all the world's richest clubs to see, the Uruguayan has also announced he would be interested in joining Paris Saint-Germain.

    According to The Telegraph, Suarez told a French TV station that he would "love" to come to Paris, with one of the main attractions being the prospect of joining up with fellow countryman Diego Lugano.

    Unfortunately, Lugano has since been shipped out to Malaga on loan, but the ambitious project being carried out by the club's Qatari owners will surely hold appeal for a player who wants to be involved in the highest stage of European competition.