With speculation mounting over the future of Luis Suarez, Liverpool must ensure that they take a hard approach and not give into Barcelona's demands.
Despite Suarez's antics leaving Liverpool in a difficult situation, the Merseysiders hold all the cards. Suarez is still one of the world's best players, and having signed a contract extension recently, which included a huge buyout clause, Liverpool's position is a strong one.
With rumours circulating that Barcelona representatives are in London to discuss a deal, it appears Suarez could leave the Anfield club sooner rather than later. However, it is abundantly clear Liverpool won't sell on the cheap, as ideally they would love to keep the man who finished top scorer in the Premier League last season.
Based on current reports, Liverpool value Suarez at £80m, a fee Barcelona may not be willing to pay due to Suarez's misdemeanours over the last two years. Barcelona reportedly hope that Liverpool will accept a straight fee of £60m, but realistically Liverpool will reject this, as the figure isn't in the best interests of the club, and also doesn't meet the buyout clause rumoured to be in the region of £70-£80m.
Alexis Sanchez swap
One man who seems to hold the key in any potential Suarez deal is Alexis Sanchez. It's no secret that Liverpool have expressed in interest in the Chile forward, who impressed in Chile's route to the last 16 of the World Cup. Should Barcelona not pay the buyout clause fee, it is possible that they would be willing to offer less money, in the region of £40m and incorporate Sanchez into the deal.
That offer that would certainly appeal to Liverpool. This alternative option for Liverpool would allow them to invest more into their squad, while gaining a world class player in Sanchez, who will be an excellent addition to a squad which came so close to the title last season.
Barcelona's comments about Suarez also suggest a move is imminent. Praising him for his farcical apology in which he admitted to biting Chiellini. The apology itself is widely reported to of been sanctioned by Barcelona as a requirement if Suarez was to join them due to his increasingly erratic discipline.
Liverpool must now ensure that any deal for Suarez is conducted quickly to avoid a prolonged saga which could have a negative impact on the entire squad. However Liverpool must sell Suarez for the right price and not sell on the cheap and force a quick sale. Should Suarez stay, he would still be a valuable asset to the club, but it looks as if he has his heart set on a move to Barcelona, which is now looking increasingly likely.
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