It's no secret that Liverpool would love nothing more than to move forward with dynamic striker Luis Suarez leading the way, but the controversial forward looks poised to land elsewhere this summer.
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 £10 million in cash.
Arsenal have been linked to Higuain all summer long, but it remains unclear how much interest the Reds have in the Argentine striker.
One thing is for sure, the 25-year-old talent would bring a plethora of danger to Brendan Rodgers' attack next season and down the road if the club brings him aboard this offseason.
A veteran with Real Madrid, Higuain has been a consistent goalscorer for Los Blancos as well as his country. He boasts 106 goals and 39 assists in 188 La Liga appearances for Real and has recorded 20 goals and nine assists in 32 appearances for the Argentina national team.
Higuain has taken a backseat to Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu in recent years, but before the Portuguese star's arrival in 2010, Higuain had a breakout campaign with Real in 2008-09 in which he scored 22 goals and tallied nine assists in 34 league matches.
The following season, he proved his performance was no fluke, scoring 27 goals and assisting on five others in 32 La Liga appearances.
Which player would offer the most to Liverpool long term?
By no means is Higuain a Ronaldo- or Lionel Messi-like talent, but his speed and finishing ability are topflight without question. Therefore, the South American star would be an excellent replacement for Suarez at Liverpool.
A natural goalscorer, Higuain is every bit capable of matching Suarez's 2012-13 production in the Premier League. He would have to adjust to the differing style of play and his new teammates, of course, but there's no reason to think he won't fit right in at the top of Rodgers' order.
He's no easy cover in the attacking third, and his finishing ability in and around the box is world-class.
Finding an elite-level replacement for Luis Suarez won't be easy if Liverpool lose the Uruguayan star this summer, but Real's Gonzalo Higuain is younger and has the potential to make those in Anfield forget all about El Pistolero.
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