Luis Suarez has been formally approached by Real Madrid, and is contact with them over a potential summer move away from Liverpool, according to reports in Spain backed up by Fifa agent Francois Gallardo.
French newspaper Le 10 Sport carries a story today which infers that the Uruguayan has spoken to Los Blancos, despite the fact that Brendan Rodgers and the powers that be at Anfield insist they will remain defiant over incoming offers. The last few days have seen a number of speculative figures release by various different sources, with a fee of as high as £70million be touted as what Madrid would be prepared to spend.
Though it now looks as though Karim Benzema will be staying at the Santiago Bernabeu, as opposed to leaving for pastures new which he was widely tipped to do, Suarez remains Carlo Ancelotti’s priority target for the summer, and the Italian even held talks with Perez this week to ensure that both parties were on the same page with regards to the interest in the 27-year-old. Reports claim that Ancelotti gave confirmation that Suarez is indeed the man he wants to make this year’s blockbuster buy, and so it’s now full-steam ahead in terms of Perez negotiating some sort of deal.
While it has repeatedly been made abundantly clear that Liverpool are desperate to keep the man who fired them to their best Premier League points total in recent memory last term, there still lingers certain rumours that to him a switch to Madrid would mean the realisation of a childhood dream. In the very same report from Le 10 the French paper cites quotes from Fifa agent and transfer busybody Francois Gallardo, taken from Spanish source La Sexta, which state his belief that Suarez will become the latest Galactico before next season.
“He is a player who has taken another dimension and who I believe will come to Real Madrid next season,” Gallardo said.
“I think they need a player like that. The season is long and they must rely on a true scorer."
With Liverpool having guaranteed themselves Champions League football this season, regardless of whether or not Suarez joins Madrid he will find himself heavily in the European spotlight. Naturally coming off the back of the Spanish giants’ La Decima success they have become perhaps even more appealing to players than ever before. However Suarez has been in this situation before, and has made it clear in the past that he has a deep respect for the Anfield fans.
It’s sure to be one the transfer sagas of the summer, which ultimately could come down to the player's personal preference. If this is the case then Reds supporters may be unnerved by the notion that Suarez has been contacted. Gareth Bale’s departure from Tottenham last summer serves as the perfect evidence that letting your star man go, even for a phenomenal fee, can be far more dangerous than it looks.