Liverpool have moved ahead of Manchester United and Arsenal in the race for Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, after reports in Spain claimed that the Catalan giants are willing to use the winger as a bargaining tool to land Luis Suarez.
Mundo Deportivo states that the Chilean playmaker, who is currently enjoying a very impressive World Cup in Brazil, will be used by Barca in an attempt to lower the cash price of Suarez by as much as €40million. It’s thought that Liverpool could be offered a deal wherein Sanchez would move to Anfield alongside between €25-€30million, though Brendan Rodgers will naturally be reluctant to let his key man leave.
That being said Liverpool have been linked with Sanchez for some time now, and the idea of receiving a player of his calibre, as well as a hefty amount of money, will appeal to Anfield bosses more than a cash-only proposal. Reports from earlier on today, taken also from Mundo, claim that negotiations between Barca and their Premier League counterparts are in an advanced stage, which adds credence to the previously unthinkable theory that Suarez could actually move.
THE RACE FOR SANCHEZ
Naturally Liverpool are far from alone in their ambitions to sign Sanchez, and United and Arsenal are both poised to offer stern competition for his signature as things stand. Louis van Gaal is said to be keen on acquiring the attacking talents of the Chile international, whilst Arsene Wenger is also looking to acquire a world-class forward as he looks to ensure his team are capable of challenging on all fronts.
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What’s more, there’s genuine belief that Sanchez is on his way out of the Nou Camp, as Luis Enrique has made it clear that he wants to undertake a squad overhaul. The 25-year-old has been impressive since moving to Barca from Udinese, and it stands to reason that he’d be equally as successful in the Premier League providing he was able to cope with the physical aspect of the English game.
LETTING SUAREZ LEAVE
The last thing Liverpool fans want to see this summer is their best player moving on to strengthen European rivals, but at the end of the day Barca’s desperation to sign him will likely lead to a scenario wherein it comes down to his personal choice. If that is the case, and he duly abandons Merseyside to pursue a La Liga dream which many believe he’s had for years, Rodgers will need to replace his goals quickly. In that respect Sanchez is an ideal solution, but will it be enough to force the Liverpool boss’ hand?