Luis Suarez's exploits at Anfield have been well-documented. But as most stories do, the Suarez-Liverpool one looks poised to come to an end as the star striker continues to make headlines about interest in other clubs.
The club that continues to plague Liverpool—so much so that this report from Dominic King of the Daily Mail claims an ultimatum has been issued with respect to Suarez's transfer status—is Real Madrid, who offers Suarez a chance to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and a star-studded lineup next season.
Suarez has not been shy about his disgust for the English media and how much of an honor it would be to play with Los Blancos next season, despite the fact that he has a sizable amount of time left on his contract at Anfield.
As his quote in this LiveFootball tweet suggests, it's almost like he's trying to force Liverpool's hand by leveraging his comments against an inherent desire to leave England for good:
Liverpool finished well outside of contention for the Champions League next season, and Suarez has been the source of controversy for quite some time—he'll carry over a match ban from the FA after biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic on the arm in a match late last season.
The Uruguayan striker is currently trying to get his side into contention at the 2013 Confederations Cup, but as things start to heat up with respect to whether or not it's time to fish or cut bait, it's worth noting that a new scenario has emerged in the Suarez leaving Liverpool saga.
And it involves one of Real Madrid's most promising young stars.
As the Mirror's David Maddock reported late Sunday, the main snag coming to light in any discussion (existent or not) about Suarez-to-Madrid hinges on the fact that the La Liga giants are balking at the idea of paying close to £40 million in a transfer fee.
It's not as if Suarez isn't worth a high-dollar investment—he had 23 goals in the Premier League for Liverpool and already has seven in eight games for his home nation as they try to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
He's even starring at the Confederations Cup, getting Uruguay's only goal in the 88th minute of their opening-match loss to Spain.
But Madrid have a large number of salaries on their ledger, and Suarez costing upwards to that mark would really limit flexibility moving forward. A solution? Send over Alvaro Morata.
The 20-year-old Spanish starlet has already gotten in 18 matches for Real Madrid so far in his career, and had a stellar run in the Spanish Segunda this year by scoring 11 goals in 12 matches while keeping the eye of talent scouts everywhere.
Liverpool would be wise to drop the transfer fee demands for Suarez, find a way to bring Morato to Anfield and leave the marred time of the Uruguayan striker behind for good as the next era of Brendan Rodgers football gets under way.
Morata, who is currently starring for Spain's European Championship U-21 team, has four goals in that tournament to vault the young side to the final of the tournament.
It's a win-win for both clubs—Madrid get a chip to help contend with the Lionel Messi-Neymar combination at Barcelona, and Liverpool get a chance to start over with what has been an up-and-down Suarez stay at Anfield.
As the ultimatum that came down Monday hopefully sheds some real light on what Liverpool are going to do with Suarez, this is a move that works for both sides and gives Liverpool a feeling that Morata can eventually replace the man moving to his current Spanish side.
Although Robbie Fowler feels Suarez is irreplaceable, as reported on by Liam Twomey of Goal.com, there comes a time when the drama isn't worth the consistent headaches that come with the clear success Suarez has had as a striker for the Reds.
His value is high, and although Los Blancos are trying to be coy about shelling out the money, they likely know it's worth it. By sending away a player who could certainly star in time, the future could be now for Real Madrid with plenty of European competition to follow next season.
We're a long way away from the Suarez situation being resolved, but by the time the Confederations Cup is over, we could officially know whether or not he'll be joining the club he's had such high praise for this summer.
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