Luis Suarez wants to leave Liverpool and his number one destination is Barcelona, but Liverpool are ready to get as much as they can out of any deal by demanding Alexis Sanchez be included.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the Uruguay striker has already decided he will be leaving Anfield this summer after the World Cup and he wants his next move to be to Camp Nou. The report claims Suarez is extremely grateful to Liverpool for helping to turn him into one of the leading centre-forwards in world football, but feels he needs to move on to start winning trophies.
Player plus cash
It also claims that the Reds hierarchy will not consider selling their most valuable asset for less than €80million, but will accept less money, €30million less, if Sanchez is included in the deal. Barcelona did not win a single trophy last season and the club are embarking on a major rebuilding project under new manager Luis Enrique as they try to get back to winning ways.
This process has already seen the transfer of Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea, the departure of legends Carles Puyol and Xavi, the signing of Ivan Rakitic and the possible sale of Sanchez. Brendan Rodgers will be loath to let Suarez leave after a sensational season that nearly fired Liverpool to an unexpected Premier League title challenge, but this is not the first time Suarez has been linked with an exit.
Last summer he publicly admitted a desire to leave for Arsenal, but Liverpool managed to hang on to him and reaped the rewards. A season in the Champions League will have had many thinking the Uruguay international would be content to stay with Rodgers’ side for at least another year, but Mundo Deportivo claim he has already made him mind up over leaving.
It may be a wrench for Liverpool fans to see a player that scored 31 goals in 33 games last season leave, but the Anfield moneymen would be wise to cash in while Suarez’s stock is at its highest. Getting a player of the calibre of Sanchez as a part of the deal would be a shrewd move too, especially if they get the kind of sums being mentioned on top of it.
Is it time to sell?
€50million is more than enough to purchase a world class centre-forward who can work with Sanchez and the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling in a very talented Liverpool squad. If Suarez is agitating for a move it would be the second summer in a row that he has looked to leave and Rodgers just does not need that kind of instability affecting his squad going into a new campaign – a campaign that is set to be far more difficult than last season where they had no European football to consider.
Suarez is showing his class at the World Cup and a brace against England helped dumped Roy Hodgson’s squad out at the group stages. However, the 27-year-old had to come back extremely quickly from a knee operation and doing so could leave lasting damage to his knees.
The time is ripe to sell him and move on, so the deal Liverpool are demanding appears to be a very good move.