After much deliberations, a transfer to Barcelona for Luis Suarez seems imminent. The unchallenged Premier League top scorer of last season has, of late, established himself as one of the world’s best number nines in the modern game.
However, Suarez’s career has been tarnished by numerous ill-disciplined events. Most notoriously, his stubborn insistence on biting his opponents has kept his managers and clubs frowning. Yet, despite his blemished record, it seems Barcelona are preparing a lucrative deal to snap up the lucrative footballer.
Liverpool’s faith in the striker has certainly been shaken by his recent profane crime of biting Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s World Cup match against Italy. Two seasons back when Suarez bit Ivanovic, despite him already having committed the same crime at his former club (Ajax), Liverpool firmly stood by him and fought against his ban.
Liverpool prepared to sell
Now as history repeats itself, Liverpool are once again vociferously protesting, but with less fervour this time. Their reluctance is evident; the club’s patience might just have reached its end. And with a mouth watering €80 million offer on the table, the Merseyside club will certainly be tempted to let their impugned powerhouse turned liability go.
It is inarguable that the success of the likes of Uruguayan national team and Liverpool is based mainly on the gambits of Suarez. However, it would be incongruous to accredit their exploits solely to the prolific striker. With the likes of Sturridge and Rodriguez, the Reds offence will still be intact, although not to its former integrity.
Midfielders Sterling and Lallana alone can power Liverpool to heights of success. Hence, Liverpool would still have their new found form intact; and with Alexis Sanchez punted to be a part of the deal, Anfield can certainly be assured of re-witnessing the high octane football it mooted last season.
Suarez at Barcelona: Sink or swim?
As far as Suarez’s career goes though, a move to Barcelona could be either the zenith or the nadir. Playing alongside Messi and Neymar, the South-American trio could be the next big thing in Europe and a reincarnation of the formidable strike partnerships Camp Nou has been home to.
On the other hand, the move could damage the Uruguayan’s career. Getting less game time, being played in an unfavourable position and playing second fiddle to the established Messi and Neymar, are some of the poignant obstacles that Suarez can expect to face.
Barcelona are obviously trying to bring a star into the team after an unequivocal season; however the answer might lie in their existing squad. Alexis Sanchez has proven himself in his club and international career, and letting such a prospect go could prove fatal.
Indeed, despite his impressive goals and his good form, Barcelona have undervalued the dexterous striker and should Suarez arrive, it would be best for him to leave-a great would be loss for the Spanish club.
The decision is still not entirely unbalanced; last season Liverpool successfully thwarted the affluent Real Madrid’s bids. Yes, Suarez’s recent actions will certainly be a factor and Barca’s lucrative offer will be seen as a way out; but the English club will surely think twice before letting the Premier league golden boot winner slip away. Only time will tell.
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