Luis Suarez Worth More Than Gareth Bale as Liverpool Hint at New Contract

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2013

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 26:  Edinson Cavani of Uruguay celebrates scoring his team's first goal to make the score 1-1 with team-mate Luis Suarez (R) during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Semi Final match between Brazil and Uruguay at Governador Magalhaes Pinto Estadio Mineirao on June 26, 2013 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Edinson Cavani believes international teammate Luis Suarez will cost any potential suitors more than the reported £85 million world-record fee set by Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward is privy to Suarez's quality in the Uruguay setup, but after the Liverpool star's stunning four-goal success against Norwich, claims his colleague could be the priciest player ever.

Per David Kent of the Daily Mail:

Yes all of the four goals Luis (Suarez) scored were of the highest quality. But nothing he does surprises me because I know what he is capable of.

I don’t know his future - but if he is sold I am sure Liverpool will want a world-record fee for him. The record was broken in the summer - and for me Luis is at a higher level than that.

Cavani also claimed Suarez "is the only player that I think is on the same level as [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi," underlining his admiration for the man who has scored 13 goals in nine Premier League appearances this campaign, per WhoScored.

Liverpool fans will be getting increasingly antsy about Suarez's future, especially as he wanted to leave the club during a summer of discontent, per BBC Sport.

While the former Ajax striker has settled into a rhythm of wonderful form since then, the Reds may have to bat off interest from rivals, as they did after Arsenal's bid of more than £40 million during preseason.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 4:   Luis Suarez celebrates the goal of team mate Raheem Sterling during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Norwich City at Anfield on December 4, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty I
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Wayne Veysey of claims Real Madrid are willing to pay up to £60 million for the player's services, but if Cavani is to be believed, this will only be met with a slap on the wrists.

Brendan Rodgers recently confirmed Suarez does not have a stipulation within his contract that will see him leave if Liverpool fail to qualify for the Champions League, and hinted a new deal could be signed before the season's end, per The Times (subscription required) via ESPN:

There never was that agreement before and there never was that this summer.

We want him to stay and with his contract running for two-and-a-half years, I am sure there will be something between now and the end of the season to keep him here.

There will be a number of dependencies on that, but the most important thing is that the player is happy.

West Ham are the next team to try to halt Suarez's terrific form when they travel to Anfield on Dec. 7.

The 26-year-old will be more than confident of adding to his tally with another goal, but he'll have to perform majestically to even match the standard set against Norwich.