Real Madrid icon Hugo Sanchez believes Luis Suarez "can triumph" at the Bernabeu, adding weight to rumours the European champions are ready to launch a large bid for Liverpool's star striker.
Sanchez—who racked up 208 goals in 282 matches for Los Blancos, per the club's official website—believes Madrid will be signing a world-class player if they manage to coax the Uruguayan from Anfield. Marca provide the quotes, via Nick Lustig of the Daily Star:
Suarez can triumph perfectly well at Real Madrid if they end up signing him.
Luis Suarez has a lot of good qualities. He is a fighter, he has a pedigree and a good temperament, and to survive in the penalty area, you have to have these qualities because the defenders will make mincemeat of you if you don't.
Carl Eldridge, also of the Daily Star, previously indicated Madrid are ready to drop a record fee of £100 million on the forward who scored 31 Premier League goals last season. A later report from Ben Jefferson of the Express indicates Madrid "have been forced to look elsewhere" after admitting they won't be able to convince Liverpool into selling.
Sanchez's comments, while likely off the cuff, will remind many of Zinedine Zidane's public cry that Gareth Bale would "become a better player playing with better players" at Madrid, per Jack de Menezes of The Independent. The assistant manager said this at a time when Bale's transfer wasn't confirmed, slowly adding pressure to a situation that would only ever end in one result.
Madrid is said to be Suarez's "dream club," as revealed by his international teammate, Edinson Cavani, per James Andrew of the Daily Mail. Suarez indicated "nothing is going to happen" during an interview with television station Canal 10 in May, as noted by Carl Markham of the Press Association, via the Daily Mail.
He also pleaded to leave Liverpool last summer, suggesting this is a saga that will continue to roll on for as long as Suarez remains in top form.
As noted by Sanchez, Suarez's qualities are cut out for a Madrid side that is built on a fast-paced, cut-and-thrust style of play. Imagining a front trio where he starts alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale is as mouth-watering as it is expensive. Madrid would likely possess the three most expensive players ever if a move went ahead, despite UEFA recently imposing financial fair play rules.
Jamie Carragher, Suarez's former teammate on Merseyside, offered some insight into what makes the player special during his recent Daily Mail column:
The thing that makes him so difficult to pull back is his tremendous strength and the way he uses his upper body as a shield to hold off defenders — you think you can get a foot in on him but he is elusive and always has the edge when he wriggles away. He is the best in the world at doing that.
Suarez is currently preparing to return from injury at the World Cup. He is due to face England on Thursday in a match both teams must win. Should he play a vital role in a successful result for Uruguay, you can bet his rumoured transfer fee will continue to rise.
Not that it matters to Madrid, whose financial muscle can easily tie up any player they so desire during what is sure to be a busy transfer window. Florentino Perez likes to make statement signings, and after Madrid captured La Decima, he may feel the need to continue improving in order to let European football know the dominance isn't about to end.
Suarez is professional enough to remain focused throughout the constant reports—he is pretty much forced to live with rumours on a daily basis—ensuring he is likely to make an impact at this summer's World Cup before too long.