Luis Suarez: Three potential destinations
Real Madrid are favourites to land the Uruguayan, but where will he go if Ancelotti decides against signing him?
The one thing that can be said about Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is that he certainly doesn't shy away from the limelight.
After two and a half years in the red of Liverpool - a time that has seen its fair share of outrageous skill and inexplicable madness - it may just be time for the talented striker to move on from Anfield.
If the rumours being churned out by the European transfer market are to be believed, La Liga giants Real Madrid are in pole position to secure the signature of the striker who is currently on duty for the Uruguayan national squad in the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.
However, were Los Blancos’ approaches to fail, many other European giants would undoubtedly be interested in securing the services of the striker who has labelled Liverpool's absence from European football as "disturbing". Here is a look at some of those clubs, and how Suarez would fit into their squads.
Record-breaking German champions Bayern have been linked with the likes of Gareth Bale, Neymar and Suarez over the last few months, as speculation concerning the direction the club will take under incoming manager Pep Guardiola has mounted.
While Neymar has since joined Barcelona and Bale looks set to either stay on at White Hart Lane or move to Real Madrid, a transfer for Suarez would still make sense for the Bavarians. With Mario Gomez linked to a variety of clubs, Suarez could well be the perfect addition to a squad already over-flowing with talent.
His qualities would provide the perfect complement to those of the workmanlike Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro, and his ability on the ball would fit in perfectly with Guardiola's preferred system of slick passing and movement.
An offensive line-up of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Suarez, backed by a midfield hosting the likes of Kroos, Mario Gotze, Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez and Luiz Gustavo, would undoubtedly be a force to reckon with.
This might seem like a strange move for the Catalan giants, considering they have the best player in the world in Lionel Messi already occupying the central role in their preferred three-man attack, and recently completed the signing of Brazilian striker Neymar.
But if one was to think of players who could replace the likes of Pedro and Alexis Sanchez in the first team, and complement the talents of Messi and Neymar, Suarez would likely be at the top of the list.
His steel and determination would add a different facet to the Barcelona side, one they have perhaps lacked at times over the last few seasons. As Barcelona continue to make the transition from Guardiola's pure tiki-taka style of football to Tito Vilanova's adaptations of the same, Suarez could well be the perfect bridge between the two.
At first glance, a combination of the combative, irrepressible Suarez and the best man-manager in world football, Jose Mourinho, seems like a match made in heaven. In the experienced Portuguese coach, Suarez would finally have a manager capable of channelling his energy in the right way, and protecting him from the scathing attacks of the British media. With the likes of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Victor Moses and new arrival Andre Schurrle providing quality delivery from the wings, a striker with the predatory instincts of Suarez would be assured of goal scoring opportunities.
Chelsea would be able to offer him Champions League football and chances to challenge for Premier League titles on a regular basis, and the opportunity to play with world-class players like Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, David Luiz and Frank Lampard.
Suarez's current club manager Brendan Rodgers has made encouraging progress in the transfer window, signing young and promising talents like Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto, but without the buffer of European football to offer his star striker, he may be set to lose the man who scored 30 goals last season. While the destination that the 26-year-old will ultimately choose has not yet been set in stone, what can be guaranteed is that Luis Suarez's immediate future will - like much of his recent past - be one to watch out for.
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