6 Potential Luis Suarez Replacements If He Leaves LFC This Summer
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Luis Suarez could leave Liverpool Football Club. Edison Cavani has said it. Steven Gerrard doesn’t believe it. Brendan Rodgers would understand it. Any team in Europe with £30 million plus would welcome it.
Despite the club’s support of him, Liverpool could see Luis Suarez heading back to the continent. It is something that probably keeps Brendan Rodgers up nights. No doubt talking to his transfer committee.
The Liverpool boss has said that he would not be surprised if his Uruguayan ace packed his bags this summer. Regardless of his No. 7’s decision, with a misfiring Fabio Borini and six games sans Suarez, it was a position that the Liverpool boss was going to have to fill anyway.
Even with Daniel Sturridge looking like he is up for the task, Rodgers would still need options. After last summer’s debacle, Rodgers is not going to leave it to providence this year.
If there is a striker that is looking to move, then Liverpool is probably being linked to them. Here is a look at six suitable candidates for the Suarez job, should it become available.
Currently at Paris Saint-Germain, but finding himself increasingly on the edge of the pitch rather than on it, Kevin Gameiro is set to discuss his future with the Ligue 1 club this summer (via Transfer Talk).
The 25-year-old striker is apparently keen to hang his shingle elsewhere in Europe with Liverpool being a potential destination (Via Mail Online).
He has struggled to find regular playing time this year, starting only six matches in his 22 appearances. Despite the dearth of minutes in the French capital, he has managed to find the net six times.
Slight, quick and tricky, the Frenchman fits the Rodgers bill of speed and technical ability. Valued by Transfer Markt at £10.5 million, Gameiro might be a little pricey, but the Metro is reporting that Liverpool might make a double swoop for Gameiro and out-of-favor winger Jeremy Menez, and if so, might get them both at a cut-rate price.
Adapting quickly to the English game, the Frenchman has been impressive this season. Since his January transfer from Olympique de Marseilles to Queens Park Rangers, he has netted five goals in his 11 appearances.
Mail Online has suggested that Remy is looking at Anfield as his final destination. With QPR’s imminent relegation, he will be available for the same reported £8 million that Rangers paid for him.
At 26 years old, strong, fast, skillful and tough to knock off the ball, the French international’s talents alone should make him a realistic target for the Reds. Mix in the fact he’s been blooded in the EPL with his asking price, and he should probably expect a call from Mr. Rodgers and Co.
The Mirror reported earlier this season that Liverpool is one of the growing list of suitors on Christian Benteke’s dance card. And why not? Based on the Aston Villa striker’s two-goal performance against the Reds, he will have merited a second look.
The 22-year-old’s hat trick in the recent 6-1 drubbing of Sunderland will no doubt have bigger clubs ratcheting up their interest.
ESPN FC is reporting, however, that the Aston Villa brass are almost certain that he won’t leave. The allure of top clubs and European football, however, might be a call that he can't ignore.
Big, strong and tough in the air, the 6’2” Belgian international offers Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool a different attacking option inside the 18-yard box.
His age and 18 league goals in his first year in the EPL might also be worth mentioning to Fenway Sports Group. It might be best not to talk cost, though.
Wilfried Bony has lit the Dutch Eredivisie up this season. The Ivory Coast international has more goals (31) than appearances (24) this season (via ESPN FC), which probably explains why he has also been linked with Chelsea FC and West Ham United FC in a summer move.
IB Times is reporting that the Vitesse Arnhem striker’s agent has claimed that Liverpool has been in contact with him over Bony’s services. Coupled with Bony's recent claims about wanting to move to EPL (via BBC), it seems that Bony will be playing somewhere in England next season.
At 24 years old, his sheer strength on the ball, his finishing ability and £8.8 million evaluation would probably make Bony a welcome addition to the forward ranks at Anfield.
The Spanish center forward who has won almost everything there is to win, is again being linked to a Merseyside move this summer by Spanish newspaper AS (translation required)...as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez!
There were reports that Villa was on the Reds’ shopping list during this January’s transfer window, but the deal was scuppered by the Catalan giants over price (via Mail Online).
Despite his advancing age and diminished playing time, his experience and goal-scoring ability make him a valuable asset to any club and their younger strikers.
It, however, is a value that is dropping. According to Transfer Markt, Villa’s value has plummeted £26 million since February of 2011.
And now 31 years old, the striker’s age, reported £18 million (and dropping) sticker price might prove to be a sticking point for the American owners. Given the younger options and better prices that are available, Villa might not be high on the list.
This rumor gives the Anfield faithful something to salivate over. The prospect of the Uruguayan National team strike tandem is fueled by speculation that Liverpool’s Suarez is actively luring him to Anfield (via Mail Online).
That’s of course if Suarez stays. There are many scenarios that would have to play out for the Napoli striker to make the trip west. One of which, ironically, would have to be the exit of his countryman.
Valued at a staggering £48.5 million the only way that Liverpool would be able to afford him was through Suarez’s sale. But his 33 goals in 41 competitive matches makes a strong argument as to why Cavani should be under serious consideration.
Whether his Uruguayan teammate stays or goes, as tasty as this rumor might be, it is more than likely going to remain just that.