Barcelona have sought to bring the transfer saga surrounding Luis Suarez to an end, by offering a staggering £72million in cash to take the Uruguayan to the Nou Camp.
The proposal is £8million short of Brendan Rodgers’ estimations of his player - it’s previously been reported that the Reds are after £80million - but nonetheless it means that Barca are clearly intent on signing him before next season. The two parties are said to have had a meeting in London yesterday with Liverpool chief Ian Ayre undertaking negotiations with his Catalan counterparts, and, although nothing was finalised, Suarez is moving ever closer to a La Liga switch.
Initially the idea of Suarez leaving Liverpool this summer would have been dismissed by all but the most pessimistic of Reds supporters, such his his god-like standing with the club. Club chiefs were all set to once again rebuff any advances for their star player off the back of an incredible season which saw him notch 31 Premier League goals, but the World Cup debacle involving his assault on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini appears to have been the last straw.
Nevertheless Brendan Rodgers knows that he must replace the goals the 27-year-old scored if he wants to launch a substantial assault for the major trophies, as even the pairing of Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert is unlikely to suffice. Are there any forwards who are available and capable of having the same effect Suarez did last year? One would assume not.
However whilst Reds fans may not be too unhappy to see him leave in the wake of the World Cup debacle, they’ll be less than pleased to hear that Alexis Sanchez is ready to turn down the offer of a player swap deal because he doesn’t want to play at Anfield.
Reports suggest the Chilean international would rather join Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, which could throw a potential spanner in the works with regards to talks between Liverpool and Barcelona. Originally the negotiations involving the two clubs were operating around the notion of Sanchez moving to Merseyside as well as cash, in response for Suarez heading the other way.
But whilst this would have been seen as a dream scenario for Reds supporters given his recent form and status as a bonafide goalscorer, it would appear he has little interest in moving to England unless it is to the Emirates Stadium.
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