Barcelona are in the advanced stages of negotiation a deal which will see Luis Suarez leave Liverpool, for a fee thought to be around £51million.
The Metro, citing Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, this morning carries a story which claims that the Catalan giants have made the purchase of Brendan Rodgers’ free scoring Uruguayan their top priority, having been given instructions by new boss Luis Enrique. It’s believed that they have approached Liverpool with a £51million offer, and that a colossal deal is on the table to convince Suarez to agree to personal terms.
Only yesterday it was reported that both Real Madrid and Barca were preparing proposals for the 27-year-old, but Liverpool fans will still be shocked by the idea of him ditching Anfield for pastures new. There’s no doubt that Rodgers will have been planning for next season with Suarez at the heart of his side, and without him there will be a huge void to fill.
Though the world-class forward has been at the centre of controversy on multiple occasions over the course of his career in England his efforts last term single-handedly propelled Liverpool into Premier League title contention, and there’s few who would contest his status as the most in-form player on the planet.
Suarez proved last night against England just how influential he can be in big matches, and his record of 31 goals in 33 Premier League games last season speak volumes about his ability in front of goal. Were Liverpool to sell him they would surely find it impossible to adequately replace his firepower, even with the lucrative sum they would receive.
As for Barca, the Uruguay international is exactly the sort of man they need to kick-start Enrique’s reign at the Nou Camp, and an attacking trio of Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar is enough to give even the very best defenders nightmares.
WHAT TO DO WITH THE MONEY
Aside from people likely rioting in Merseyside should Suarez abandon Liverpool on the eve of their return to Champions League football, there’ll be plenty of talk on how to spend the mooted £51million. Although Rodgers needs a new full-back and has been linked with a move for several playmakers, one would assume that replacing Suarez with another top striker would be the first port of call. Obviously that’s easier said than done, but the likes of Karim Benzema and Edinson Cavani could become available were the right offer to be wafted under the noses of their respective clubs.