The love affair between Luis Suarez and Liverpool has become non-existent.
The Merseyside team, who stood by the problematic Uruguayan during the racist and biting incidents, is pleading for loyalty into deaf ears. Suarez, Liverpool's top scorer last season, and arguabaly their most important player after Steven Gerrard, is looking for an exit from the club.
Arsenal are surprisingly chasing a big money signing and their target is Suarez. No-one in this era could have seen a £40m bid forthcoming from the Gunners, but it just happened.
Arsenal are out of their financial limitations caused by the construction of the Emirates stadium, and they do have enough money to chase big name signatures. Arsenal's offer seems to have attracted Suarez, as he has declared his interest in speaking with them.
With Suarez open to the idea of a move to Premier League rivals, Liverpool have been put in a difficult position.
It is believed that there is a clause in Suarez's contract with Liverpool, which means the club should listen to offers above £40m and allow the player to talk with the interested parties. Then what if Arsenal return with a bigger bid for their primary target?
Liverpool value Suarez in the same bracket as Edinson Cavani. That means his service will be available for around £55m, which Paris Saint-Germain paid to Napoli. Two players can not guarantee the same returns.
Liverpool fans are surely going to rate Suarez above Cavani, while people who witnessed Cavani's magic at Napoli might have other ideas. It means the price quoted for Suarez' services is variable. Usually the club quotes maximum value to get the best deal, and we can assume that Suarez is going to be available for less than £55m.
Arsene Wenger is surely going to test the waters and the loop holes with a bigger offer, which is not going to be £55m for sure. If none of the other clubs makes a bid for Suarez, Liverpool will be in a precarious situation. Otherwise, they have the option of choosing between the bidders.
Ideally, they could have accepted a bid from PSG or Monaco, which would have taken Suarez away from the Premier League, but both the rich clubs have conducted their striker purchases, leaving Liverpool with minimum options.Will Real Madrid come to their rescue? Even that looks unlikely at the moment.
What if Suarez tries to engineer a move to Arsenal? Will he a submit an official transfer request?
Selling Suarez to Arsenal not only means weakening the Liverpool side, but it will also strengthen Arsenal. Both teams are expected to battle it out with Tottenham Hotpsur and other regulars for a Champions League spot, so strengthening a direct rival will be the last thing any club would prefer.
Liverpool's game play heavily revolves around Suarez' strengths, and it wont be easy to replace the Uruguayan. Even if they land the likes of Roberto Soldado or any big name striker, the scenario won't be the same as having Suarez leading their attack. To find like for like replacements is very difficult, and the maximum the fans can expect is landing a similar player. But there wont be any guarantees of a similar return on investment.
In all possibilities, Liverpool are at a loss. The only remaining hope for them will be selling Suarez to a club outside England which will have the minimum impact directly. What should Brendan Rodgers do in this difficult situation?
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