Anderlecht general manager Herman van Holsbeeck has revealed that no less than 15 clubs are keen on signing talented youngster Matias Suarez at the end of the season.
Suarez was linked with a move to numerous Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United amongst in January, while Juventus and Marseille are also rumoured to be monitoring the 23-year-old’s progress.
While a deal failed to materialise during the last transfer window, a keenly contested race is expected to ensue this summer, and Van Holsbeeck admitted the Argentinian youngster could go to any one of 15 clubs come the end of the season.
“There are 15 clubs that are willing to put the money on the table for Suarez," he told Het Nieuwsblad.
"Juventus is of course included in that and there were already bids from Russia but his wife did not want to go there."
Suarez could follow in the footsteps of former team-mate Romelu Lukaku, who made the switch from Belgium to the Premier League last summer, with Liverpool and Arsenal in particular interested in securing the services of the talented youngster.
Liverpool are in desperate need of a creative spark in attack, and while Suarez tends to operate from wide positions as well as through the middle, he may be viewed as a long term solution to the Reds attacking problems when Craig Bellamy hangs up his boots.
The Daily Mail reported last month that Liverpool and Arsenal had sent scouts to assess his ability, with the Gunners were quoted as favourites to land his signature. However the paper also revealed that Manchester United were ready to make a move come the end of the current campaign.
However if Liverpool, Arsenal or Manchester United want to land Suarez they may be faced with the prospect of paying more for his services than the £12 million Chelsea paid to take Lukaku to Stamford Bridge.
"Is Suarez worth more than Lukaku? He has more technical ability, but Romelu's fee was also determined by his age," Van Holsbeeck commented when asked about Suarez’s valuation.