Having already sewn up the deal of the summer by bringing Gareth Bale to Madrid in a €100 million splurge, Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly keen to complete his Bernabeu puzzle with a swoop for Luis Suarez.
Los Merengues have been linked with the Uruguayan forward for much of the year, but the Metro’s Danny Griffiths now claims a fresh £45 million bid is in the offing.
As Griffiths states, Suarez’s contract has a supposed £40 million release clause in his contract, but doesn’t necessarily mean the club are obligated to sell once triggered, as was demonstrated by Arsenal earlier in the summer.
Numerous figures in the world of football have tweeted their insights on the Suarez-to-Real deal, which is expected to gather pace ahead of the Monday's 11 p.m. deadline:
If a team from abroad were to offer the reported £45 million fee, whether as a cash payment or with a player moving in the opposite direction, Brendan Rodgers’ side should snap at the chance.
The obvious counterpoint to such a decision would be that it’s too late in the window to take such a loss, given that sufficient replacements may be hard to find.
If a player-swap transfer were to come about, Karim Benzema would be the most obvious candidate to move to Anfield in return considering he’s already been linked with Arsenal, per the Evening Standard.
The Frenchman would be the closest thing to a like-for-like replacement that could move to the Reds from Real Madrid, but still may not be a realistic target simply due to the step down Benzema would be risking.
Therefore, a cash payment would be the next preference, leaving Rodgers with at least a decent chunk of the alleged £45 million to spend. If there’s anything that the Premier League’s winter window of 2011 showed us, it’s that knee-jerk decisions are best left untouched in these scenarios. Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres' infamous dipping form a product of their last-minute deals.
Given that Suarez wouldn’t be able to play until very late September as a result of his 10-match suspension, Rodgers may ultimately feel his side can weather the two—albeit very important—months of November and December without the South American.
So far this season, Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Iago Aspas have looked good going forward. Indeed, Liverpool have not been beaten since Suarez's ban began last season.
Cover is evidently needed, but rather than forcing the in-form Sturridge to hand back his central role to Suarez upon the Uruguayan's return, a prudent decision may be to sell the latter and arrange a short-term loan deal for a forward—allowing Sturridge to continue to flourish as the main man.
Only in his Anfield career is Sturridge now living up to the hype as a centre-forward, and it would be a shame to upset the cart while it’s on such a promising trajectory.
Real Madrid, or any other club for that matter, may not come back in for Suarez again with such money. The kind of money that can buy one of the likes of Sergio Aguero, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata or any other multitude of successful Premier League stars.
Even in Suarez’s absence, the Reds would be able to take their time until January before signing the big-profile player looked upon as the controversial Uruguayan’s replacement, lest rushing the deal and risking history repeating itself.