In recent years Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has garnered the reputation of being a cut throat negotiator hell bent on receiving the optimum price for his players.
His high risk strategies; whether it be waiting until deadline day to prise £30 million out of Manchester United for Dimitar Berbatov or refusing to sell Luka Modric in the summer of 2011; have paid off massive dividends.
From these two examples alone Spurs have benefited greatly from Levy’s dealings.
Levy is proving yet again to be a staunch representative for Spurs on the transfer front in the ongoing situation of the future of Gareth Bale.
A bid of £86 from Real Madrid has reportedly been on the table for over a week with Levy yet to reply.
Reports from both British and Spanish media are claiming that the Spurs chairman wants in excess of £100 million for Bale’s services and it wouldn’t surprise many if Levy refused to budge until Madrid stumped up the cash, given the precedents he set with the handling of Modric.
Bale has been slightly less vocal about his desire to leave Tottenham but even his position is unlikely to sway Levy from trying to get as much money as possible out of Madrid.
There has been wide speculation over Bale’s future since the start of the window and it shows no sign of ending.
If Madrid do fall foul of Levy ‘s negotiating strategy, I argue, could leave Liverpool in a precarious position. Reports suggest Suarez is in Madrid’s back-up plans if their bids for Bale fall flat, a definite possibility with Levy in charge of discussions. Suarez has openly admitted his desire to leave Liverpool, with the Merseyside club rejecting offers in the region of £40 million from Arsenal for the Uruguayan striker.
Liverpool would struggle to persuade Suarez to stay at Anfield with a team like Real Madrid publicly interested and Suarez would probably try force the deal through in order to get much desired Champions League football.
A Suarez switch would continue the culture of this summer’s transfer window; with the controversial South American adding to the list of big name strikers moving across Europe for massive transfer fees.
If this were to happen, there would be a distinct lack of quality front-men available left for Liverpool to chase.
Liverpool have already signed Aspas from Celta Vigo and reportedly are in talks with Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid but one can’t help feel that these are inadequate replacements for one of the best strikers in the world last year.
Their position is further impounded by the progress other Premier League clubs have taken in strengthening their front lines and the players they could have been interested in had the Suarez situation been classified earlier.
The likes of Radamel Falcao, Neymar and Edinson Cavani may have been impossible for Liverpool to acquire without Champions League football; but nonetheless they have all traded clubs.
However, there is no question that Liverpool could have been in the hunt for one of the other top strikers across Europe before their business was concluded.
Soldado has completed his move to Tottenham, while Negredo, Higuain, Villa, Llorente, Tevez and Gomez have moved to different clubs since the start of the transfer window.
This leaves a distinct lack of quality left for Liverpool to attain and with an already dwindled strike force, a Suarez exit could be disastrous for the Merseyside club who look like they could fall further behind the race for a top four spot.
Without additions, the Liverpool front line does look severely lacking. Borini has failed to impress in his early Premier League career and £35 million man Andy Carroll has moved on to West Ham.
Daniel Sturridge has shown he does possess a vast amount of quality but looked at his best when linking up with Suarez. Aspas is yet to be proven and Liverpool fans must note than any incoming signing may be the replacement for Suarez given the extreme uncertainty over his future.
When all is said and done the procrastination from all parties involved in the Gareth Bale situation and the lack of clarity over Suarez’s future could leave Liverpool in a distinctly difficult position come the end of the transfer window.
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