Real Madrid: What Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez Can Bring to the Bernabeu

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Real Madrid: What Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez Can Bring to the Bernabeu
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When Luis Suarez voiced his desire to leave Liverpool at the beginning of the summer, Marca was quick to link Real Madrid with a move for the Uruguayan forward.

It's been two months since Suarez aired his dirty washing now, but he still remains a player for the red half of Merseyside.

Recent weeks have seen Arsenal as the front-runners in the race to win his affection, via The Mirror, but according to The Daily Star on Saturday morning, Madrid still remain keen on the 26-year-old:

Starsport understands Liverpool expect to receive a formal offer from Madrid next week, and have already started planning for life without the striker by offering £15m for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa.

The debate over whether he can play the good-cop role in the Spanish capital, should he move there, will rage on until he inevitably does something risque. But what could he add on the pitch?

Suarez's arrival, which could be coupled with the signing of Bale, supposedly paves the way for Madrid to let Cristiano Ronaldo, who has stalled on a new deal all summer, leave. This, in turn, would signal quite the change in direction for last season's La Liga runners-up.

Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique went as far as suggesting Suarez is the Anfield club's Lionel Messi, via The Telegraph, and the parallels might not end there.

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Suarez amassed 23 goals in the Premier League last season, but his overall contribution far surpasses that of your average goalscorer.

Not even statistics—which reveal he created 89 chances for his colleagues and embarked on 95 takes last time out, via Squawka—conjure the image of how much can add to a team.

He's one of a rare breed of players who, when he has the ball at his feet, seems to have an endless realm of possibilities. Like Messi, the ball sticks to his feet as he twists, turns and weaves past defenders time and again.

Steven Gerrard rates him as the best he's ever played with, via The Daily Mail:

Luis is the best centre forward I've played with. Why? Watch him. Imagine being a defender marking him. He's got everything. He can score fantastic goals, tap-ins. If he gets you in the box you're in trouble. He's a fighter, he doesn't like losing, even in training. He's a winner. He ticks every box. 

It's hard to imagine Real Madrid sans Ronaldo, but the thought of Bale and Suarez wouldn't be a bad start.

One theory which could put a spanner in the works of any potential deal, though, is Zinedine Zidane's (Carlo Ancelotti's No. 2) desire to bring the best out of Karim Benzema.

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The former Ballon d'Or winner and Real Madrid legend wants to see his countryman given a chance to prove himself without having to fend off competition for his place, via Marca.

Suarez would possibly be a better fit, though. Technically better than Benzema, you can't imagine it would take long for him to drum up beautiful relationships with the likes of Isco, Mesut Ozil and Luka Modric.

Unfortunately for Suarez, that dark cloud always hangs over his character. He'd have to hope a move to Spain would bring the sun out because his ability and playing style are a ready-made fit for the Bernabeu.

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