Will Real Madrid Rue Not Signing Luis Suarez During the Transfer Window?
Few clubs have had as busy transfer windows as Real Madrid, and those that did you can be sure won't have spent anywhere near the same amount of cash.
But will the Spanish giants regret not securing the signature of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez?
The website transfermarkt lists Real's total spend for the transfer window as £143.8 million. Among that was the £80.08 million arrival of Gareth Bale, as well as Isco for £26.4 million and Asier Illarramendi for the same price—all those fees are subject to rise too.
To illustrate just how busy Florentino Perez and Madrid were, they also managed to recoup £100.7 million in outgoings—leaving their net spend at just over £40 million.
Throw in Dani Carvajal and Casemiro to the incoming players, and Carlo Ancelotti has five new first team players at his disposal.
But could it be the one he didn't sign which haunts him as the season continues?
Marca can now confirm that a deal to sign the Uruguayan has been struck between both parties. The deal—which we must clarify, has not been finalized —would be for four years and would include a significant pay-rise for the player, as per the position he would play in, that of a Real Madrid center-forward.
Despite their insistence of a deal, which we have realized to take with a pinch of salt, no deal for Suarez to arrive at Real Madrid ever materialized.
It never even got off the ground.
With Gonzalo Higuain allowed to leave for Napoli, Ancelotti has been left with just Karim Benzema as his senior striker.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who would seemingly be unimpressed with the idea, has been touted as a possible nine, according to Marca, while youngsters Alvaro Morata and Jese Rodriguez should prove decent enough cover.
However, should the forwards fail to fire—the Bernabeu crowd has already booed Benzema this season—and Bale not score the screamers he was scoring every week at Tottenham, questions will be posed as to why Madrid didn't swoop for the clearly available Suarez.
The Uruguayan scored 30 goals for Liverpool last season, while also offering so much more than purely hitting the back of the net regularly.
He has that rare ability to keep the ball glued to his feet as he squeezes past players, exciting fans and creating for his teammates.
As well documented though, he's not been without his problems.
Should Madrid have signed Suarez and/or another striker?
Suarez is currently serving a ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, while he was previously suspended following a nasty racism incident with Manchester United's Patrice Evra—Suarez insists it was a cultural misunderstanding.
That could be a reason why Real, who often seek marketable players, weren't prepared to pay around £40 million for the forward.
On the pitch he'd have been a success though.
His ability to link up play would have dovetailed with Isco, while his all round game, plus his goal scoring, would have been an improvement on Benzema.
Only time will tell if Perez, Ancelotti and Real will regret not signing him.
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