Liverpool Transfer News: Karim Benzema Could Join as Part of Luis Suarez Deal

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Liverpool Transfer News: Karim Benzema Could Join as Part of Luis Suarez Deal
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Luis Suarez could be on his way to Real Madrid in a £60 million swap that would see Karim Benzema move to Anfield, reports the Metro

The recently anointed Premier League Player of the Year was widely expected to make the move last summer, but signed a lucrative long-term contract at Anfield, as reported by Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph

The Metro reported the news on Saturday:

Real president Florentino Perez wants to add a big name Galactico forward to the squad next term to compete on all fronts, and Suarez has been made the number one choice.

According to reports in Spain, Madrid will open the bidding at £60million before the World Cup starts in five weeks time, but could go even higher to get their man.

Perez has made a habit of luring the Premier League's top stars to the Bernebeu each season. And following the success of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric in Spain, the Madrid president's taste for English fare shows no sign of abating. 

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That will be no consolation to Brendan Rodgers, whose title-challenging Liverpool side has been carefully assembled with the Uruguayan as its fulcrum. Suarez has blossomed into one of the world's finest strikers in his time at Anfield, bagging 31 goals this term. Such has been his progress that his captain Steven Gerrard now places him above Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the world pecking order, as reported by The Independent.

For that reason, it would be a near-impossible task to find a like-for-like replacement, as Tottenham have discovered to their detriment this season following the sale of Bale. 

But French forward Karim Benzema moving to Liverpool as part of the deal could go some way to placating the Anfield faithful. Benzema has been linked with Liverpool before, as reported by the Metro, and his form in La Liga this season has not gone unnoticed. 

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With 17 goals at the head of the Ronaldo-Bale attack, it has been a profitable campaign for the Frenchman.

But Benzema is not in the same class as Suarez.

Nevertheless, Benzema would be welcomed on Merseyside. Built like a prize bull and with searing pace, he brings all the attributes necessary to cut a swathe through the rough and tumble of the Premier League. But, make no bones about it, he is no Suarez, and should the diminutive forward make the switch to the Spanish capital, Rodgers' side would be a poorer one for it. 

Rodgers already appears to be preparing for life without Suarez, with Sky Sports reporting a move for Southampton's Adam Lallana could be made before the World Cup. The Englishman's star continues to rise, and he is likely to be a key man in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.

Rodgers was coy when questioned about a move for Lallana:

I saw the reports, but I would never, ever mention another player at another club.

Adam is a terrific young talent but it's purely speculation and, for us, there is always speculation about top young players.

This season has marked Lallana's real breakthrough campaign in the Premier League, with him notching nine strikes and six assists in 38 appearances so far, per WhoScored.com. Though, much like Benzema, he could not replicate the unpredictability and genius of Suarez.

Yet this is where Brendan Rodgers earns his corn. One of the game's foremost proponents of team play, Rodgers has been loathe to place a disproportionate burden on one player before, and should Suarez leave for Madrid he will take the money, buy young talent and start building again. 

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