Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Must Hope Bidding War Begins for Luis Suarez

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on February 11, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Who remembers last summer, when Robin van Persie requested a transfer, Arsenal said they were interested in doing a deal, new rumours popped up every day, and eventually the star striker was sold to Manchester United, breaking Gooners' hearts everywhere?

Sounds familiar, right? Sounds a lot like what is happening this summer with Luis Suarez, doesn't it?

Ultimately, Van Persie was moved for £24 million, hardly shabby for a player that struggled with injuries and was 29 years old, but also less than you'd expect for a player that scored 30 league goals in the 2011-12 season. 

Suarez is younger and less injury-prone than Van Persie, though he obviously has issues of his own. And it goes without saying that Liverpool will want to obtain a much larger fee than the one Arsenal received for Van Persie.

Yet if they are to do so, they must facilitate a bidding war that the Gunners could never quite create. And based off of Suarez's latest comments, they might be able to do just that. 

From BBC Sport:

"You never know what's going to happen. A phone call could change my plans," [Suarez] told a radio station in Uruguay.

"I am talking with my agent and I always have my phone with me in case anything develops."

When asked about Arsenal's offer, the Uruguayan international said: "It's good to know that after everything that's happened, teams in England still value me as a footballer. There are several options. There are two or three interested clubs and Liverpool know about this."

Suarez's agent Pere Guardiola travelled to Merseyside on Monday for separate meetings with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre, which were planned and understood to be amicable.

Guardiola told the pair of Suarez's desire to play for a Champions League club.

One would guess two of those clubs are Real Madrid and Arsenal, which would add a whole new level of intrigue to the rumoured Gonzalo Higuain negotiations between the teams. 

Or, Arsenal could simply be threatening to enter the negotiations and drive up Suarez's price if Real Madrid's valuation of Higuain is higher than the Gunners are willing to pay. 

It's all connected, man. Well, maybe. 

Real Madrid have long been connected to Suarez, while Arsenal recently made waves by reportedly making a £30 million offer to Liverpool. Whether that happened or not—and whether it was a serious bid or meant to send Real Madrid a message—Liverpool must carefully and quickly create a bidding war if they hope to sell Suarez for top dollar. 

The Reds don't have to sell him, of course, but how will it play in the locker room if he returns, having publicly said he wanted to leave? Do you really want your top player being a guy who wants to be playing elsewhere? 

No, the best scenario for both Liverpool and Suarez is that the player is sold this summer, and for an insanely high fee that will allow the Reds to replace his 23 league goals in 33 matches. 

That is going to take a bidding war to bring in that type of offer. While Arsenal probably won't go higher than that £30 million offer, Real Madrid can be roped in for a high fee. If another club—say Chelsea or Bayern Munich—can be brought in the fold, Liverpool could find themselves flush with cash before the summer ends. 

And that's the ultimate end game for the club in this transfer window.


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