Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Gonzalo Higuain Would Be Ace Luis Suarez Replacement

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 16:  Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid CF celebrates after scoring Real's 4th goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RCD Mallorca at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 16, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Oh, what a tangled web they weave. 

As Arsenal, Real Madrid and Liverpool continue to be linked in an odd transfer love triangle that includes strikers Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain, the rumours surrounding the saga continue to get more juicy. 

The latest comes from David Maddock of the Mirror and includes the interesting snippet that Liverpool wouldn't be interested in bringing Higuain aboard as part of Suarez's transfer to Real Madrid.

The question is, why not? It sure seems like Higuain would be a solid replacement for Suarez, no?

First, the rumour:

Spanish giants Real have been linked with Uruguay striker Suarez for most of the summer.

Now, the Reds are prepared to finally receive the formal bid they know is coming—the indications in Spain are that it will finally arrive in the next few days.

Sources close to Real are hinting the Bernabeu outfit are ready to offer striker Gonzalo Higuain—who, not co-incidentally is a long-term target for Arsenal, who are also being linked with Suarez—plus around £10million in cash.

Liverpool, who have no serious interest in Argentina international Higuain, will turn such a proposal down flat and immediately insist Suarez is not for sale unless a) any interested clubs activate the £40m exit clause in his contract, and b) the player submits an official transfer request.

Obviously, Suarez and Higuain weren't exactly crafted from the same mold. Suarez is more mobile and likes to drift off into wide areas where he can attack the box from a multitude of angles, whereas Higuain is a poacher who is technically gifted enough to drop back and link up play, but generally remains central. 

Still, Higuain would definitely bring one thing with him to the club—a very solid goalscoring record. Let's compare Suarez and Higuain dating back to the 2007-08 season, Suarez's first with Ajax and Higuain's first full season with Real Madrid:

There are two things worth noting when comparing these players:

  1. Suarez spent 3.5 seasons with Ajax, meaning he was facing inferior competition to Higuain in that time. 
  2. Higuain has spent the last several seasons splitting time with Karim Benzema, so while his appearances are still high, his starts have been more limited. 

Higuain would be a very nice addition for Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge could slide out wide, and Higuain would fit into Brendan Rodgers' system since he is also technically gifted enough to play the role of facilitator as the attack builds. 

Liverpool may want more than £10 million to accompany Higuain in the deal, but the move itself makes a lot of sense. Higuain is a year younger than Suarez, a potent goalscorer in his own right and a centre-forward who can do more than just score goals. 

Plus, he would give Liverpool a more dangerous target in the air than Suarez ever provided.

It's a deal Liverpool should seriously think about taking.


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