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You know the transfer window is coming round again, as Luis Suarez has begun featuring in the gossip pages.
We emerged from our slumber on Wednesday morning to be greeted by a piece from Adrian Kajumba of the Star which claimed Real Madrid were plotting a swap deal involving Karim Benzema.
In his piece, Kajumba wrote:
Madrid value Benzema at £20m, making the overall package worth around £40m.
The French striker has been told he can leave Madrid after falling down the pecking order at the Bernabeu.
Madrid have offered him to a number of clubs, though, and convincing Benzema to join Liverpool could be a potential stumbling block.
Real are already making contingency plans in case Benzema says ‘no’ and they are forced to come up with a cash-only bid.
Sources close to the deal claim splashing out on another big fee will be impossible for the Spaniards unless they sell first.
Looking at this, there’s plenty in it that raise an eyebrow or two.
Firstly, it is very rare in the modern age, with the sheer amount of people involved, that swap deals play out when they involve high-profile players. Time and again you read stories, such as this here, where Club X wants to swap Player A with Club Y’s Player B. But it is not often that these deals play out.
Secondly, the figures don’t really add up. Per Kajumba’s piece, Real rate Suarez in the region of £40 million. As has been documented, including in a piece by the Guardian’s Andy Hunter, Arsenal attempted to prise Suarez away from Liverpool with an offer of £40m plus £1.
Liverpool rejected it out of hand, with owner John W. Henry famously tweeting:
During the summer, the Reds were unequivocal in their stance that Suarez would not be sold. That was at a time when the Uruguayan’s stock was low on account of him serving a ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic.
Suarez has since returned to the Liverpool side and forged a brilliant understanding with Daniel Sturridge, which has arguably sent his value soaring.
Believability Meter: Low
Once again, it is likely that Real Madrid would like to sign Suarez, but there are too many things that count against this deal ever taking place.