Carlo Ancelotti has given Real Madrid the go ahead to land Luis Suarez, according to J. L. Calderon of Marca. The Spanish newspaper splashed Suarez onto its Wednesday edition front page, suggesting Los Blancos could make a move for the striker who netted 31 goals in Liverpool's exciting 2013-14 season:
Calderon indicated Suarez is the "dish-of-the-day," the "icing on the cake" and Florentino Perez's "chosen one."
The worrying part from Liverpool's point of view is that, when Madrid want a player, they generally get him. A Galacticos era isn't born without huge ambition, even loftier funds and the persistence needed to continually pry world-class talent away from elite clubs.
Last year's Gareth Bale transfer was an example of this. Tottenham aimed to resist as long as possible, but once the player's wishes were tipped toward Madrid, they had very little chance of maintaining their man. One season on, Bale is a Copa del Rey and Champions League winner, having scored in both finals.
Even so, Ed Malyon of the Mirror believes Madrid face an uphill struggle to secure Suarez's signature:
Such a move is likely to be extremely attractive for the Uruguayan, who did his best to force through a transfer away from Liverpool prior to the recently concluded campaign. Edinson Cavani, the forward's international teammate, previously suggested Madrid is Suarez's "dream club," per James Andrew of the Daily Mail.
Calderon even suggested the player's wishes helped secure a "tentative agreement" between Liverpool and Madrid last season. The 27-year-old is a key player at Brendan Rodgers' developing club, where the team is drilled to play fast-moving, passing football.
Madrid offer the same kind of incision and feeling they can score multiple goals against any opponent, a notion that would be galvanised with Suarez in the lineup.
However, some hope is offered to Liverpool, with Calderon claiming Ancelotti only wants Suarez on "the proviso that his arrival does not affect (Karim) Benzema's position in the team."
Benzema is outlined as an "essential element" of Madrid's play, the centre-piece to an offensive lineup that buzzes around his position in the centre. While not as prolific as Suarez, Benzema still scored 22 goals and provided 14 assists in 46 appearances across La Liga and the Champions League last season, per WhoScored.com.
The Frenchman's muscular frame and power when holding onto the ball ensures he fits into Madrid's system more naturally than Suarez, if the team is content on using a lone striker. It's likely Suarez would need an out-and-out partner to reach his potential at the Bernabeu, a risky tactical change considering Madrid dominated Europe with their three-pronged attack.
Rodgers would be looking for a world record fee, there's no doubt about it. He previously mentioned Suarez is "certainly heading toward" a valuation of £100 million, as reported by Derick Allsop of the Mirror.
A new study by CIES Football Observatory suggests Suarez is worth between £79.4-£92.3 million, as reported by Nick Harris of the Daily Mail, indicating a lofty fee would be needed to see him leave Anfield.
This potential transfer seems to be bubbling under right now. As ever, the seriousness of Madrid's interest can only be confirmed with a bid. Until then, Liverpool fans will be ticking off the days until the transfer window closes.