Luis Suarez Would Be Ideal Replacement for Edinson Cavani at Napoli

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Wigan Athletic at Anfield on November 17, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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There is no shortage of suitors for the services of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who is unhappy playing at Anfield. One dark-horse club on the verge of jumping into the race that would be a great fit for Suarez is Napoli.

According to John Cross of The Mirror, new Napoli boss Rafa Benitez plans to make a play for Suarez. It would be a bold move on Benitez's part, as he managed Liverpool from 2004 through 2010, so the Reds fans would probably be less than thrilled with him if he was able to execute the move.

Suarez's preference at this point is to play for Real Madrid next season, according to Sky Sports, but that comes down to whether or not Madrid is willing to meet the asking price.

There are several moving parts in this entire saga, and the status of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani is among them. The 26-year-old Uruguayan star is likely to be on the move as well, and he has stated that playing for Real Madrid would be a "dream come true," according to

While both Suarez and his countryman would love to play for Madrid, it's highly unlikely that Los Blancos would pay in excess of £100 million for two players who man the same position. Stranger things have certainly happened, but moving Cavani to Madrid could actually be a great move on Benitez's part.

It is unclear if Suarez would have any interest in playing at Napoli, but Benitez could use the money coming back in exchange for Cavani to acquire Suarez. It would be quite a bold move, but it would certainly make plenty of sense for everyone involved.

Even if Napoli isn't as prestigious as a team like Madrid, there is no doubt that Suarez would be productive there. Cavani scored 104 goals in 138 matches for Napoli, and Suarez would be placed in the exact same role. He would be the unquestioned go-to player, whereas he would obviously have to make way for Cristiano Ronaldo at Madrid.

In addition to that, it would be a new beginning for Suarez, who recently expressed dismay with the British media, according to The Guardian. He brought much of the scrutiny upon himself, though, due to a racial abuse incident involving Manchester United's Patrice Evra, as well as an incident that saw him bite Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Suarez, however, believes that his treatment stems from the fact that he is South American, according to The Guardian:

Without any proof they gave me an eight-match ban but with Terry, where they had proof, lip-readers, they gave him four. I'm South American and I think that's the root of all of this, he said.

Whether or not there is any validity to that is up for debate, but Suarez is sure to be treated well at Napoli provided he is a model citizen. The Napoli fans absolutely love Cavani, and they would embrace Suarez as well in the event that he produces on the pitch.

Even if Napoli isn't Suarez's first choice, it would be a great situation for him. He clearly feels as though he needs a change of scenery, and Napoli offers a destination where he can succeed. Suarez can refuse a move to Napoli even if the club comes up with the money necessary to acquire him, but that would be a foolish move on his part.


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