Real Madrid Transfer Rumors: Liverpool's Luis Suarez Wants Out
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Liverpool’s star man could be closing in on a big money summer move to Spanish giants Real Madrid following his agent's meeting with the Merseyside club on Tuesday. The BBC has reported that Suarez’s representatives have stated that their client intends to play Champions League football next season.
The news will be welcomed by Los Blancos following recent developments surrounding Napoli’s Edinson Cavani who looks likely to join Carlo Ancelotti’s former charges Paris Saint-Germain. Furthermore, Real’s holistic pursuit of Gareth Bale hit a snag yesterday as the mercurial Welshman modelled Tottenham Hotspur’s new kit for the forthcoming season.
With these two high calibre targets appearing increasingly unlikely of being placed in the Bernabeu’s 2013/14 squad photo and Suarez’s intentions made clear (although no formal transfer request has been submitted), Real’s focus will now surely shift to the procurement of the Uruguayan, who welcomed a move to Madrid according to Sky Sports in June.
Sky Sports also stated that Anfield’s talisman had become exasperated of British life after the English Football Association imposed a record 10 game ban following his infamous nibbling of Branislav Ivanovic’s arm during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea in April. Despite declaring his affection for Liverpool in the past, he also expressed his dismay at the Football Association’s inconsistency in suspending former England captain John Terry, for arguably a far greater racial altercation, for only four games.
Whilst Suarez’s justifiable frustration at the powers that be is understandable, his tendency to frequently press the self-destruct button is inexplicable. In accumulating his existing punishment and his previous eight-game ban for racially abusing Manchester United’s French defender Patrice Evra, the Uruguayan has effectively been suspended for almost half (18 games) an English league campaign in less than three seasons of Premier League football.
In 2010, having scored 49 goals for Ajax in 48 appearances and being crowned Eredivisie Player of the Year, Suarez was a key player in Uruguay’s World Cup run. He demonstrated his sublime talents scoring a brace against South Korea in the last 16 to seal a quarter-final tie against Ghana. Deep into extra-time Suarez was sent-off for a deliberate handball after handling a goal bound header from Dominic Adiyiah when the scores were 1-1.
Rather than retreat down the tunnel, Suarez watched the resultant penalty and unashamedly celebrated wildly when Ghana failed to capitalise on their opportunity to win the match, proudly stating "mine is the real 'Hand Of God' [reference to Diego Maradona in Mexico 1986]. I made the save of the tournament."
According to The Times, Arsenal have already started the transfer merry-go-round with a formal £30m bid for Suarez, possibly in frustration following their deal with Gonzalo Higuain becoming somewhat stagnant.
Suarez's impressive ability has resulted in plenty of potential suitors. Carlo Ancelotti will understand the baggage that Suarez brings with him—a genius yet also a liability. However, given the Italian’s notorious man-management skills, if anyone can bring the best out of Suarez, it is Ancelotti.
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