20 days into the transfer window and still no signing for Liverpool. For the last 20 days we have been waiting and waiting for something to happen and the most prominent transfer story in the last 20 days has been that of Luis Suarez leaving Ajax and joining Liverpool. But for some reason, this deal is taking much longer than expected. Can Liverpool sign him already? There clearly is a stumbling block in this deal going through and these could easily be:
Ajax are playing hardball! Ajax do not want to sell Suarez on the cheap and are demanding £25 million for the striker whilst Liverpool are willing to pay £18 million. That is a difference on £7 million which is a lot of money. It does not seem like either party wants to budge from their valuation of the player and as a result, no deal has been done yet.
There is the possibility of using Ryan Babel as part of this deal as Babel wants to go back to Ajax. To me it is easy, give Ajax some cash and Babel and then we get Suarez. But it is not as easy as that.
In the past Liverpool have missed out in signing top class players as they have been outbid in the market by the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea. In this new era under the Fenway Sports Group who have come out and said they have money to spend, we should not be hesitating like this in the transfer market. If we have the cash let’s spend it and get the quality players we need. Suarez is a quality player who will be a great addition to the team.
Clearly Liverpool have put a value on him which Ajax are not happy about so should we back down from this deal because we can not agree a fee or should we just pay what Ajax want us to pay?