Reports coming out of Spain suggest that Real Madrid are ready to make a €50million offer for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in January.
It is no secret that Suarez wanted to leave Liverpool in the summer citing the need for Champions League football but those plans were shut down by the club as they refused to sell him to Arsenal who were the only official bidders for Suarez.
Now with Real Madrid coming in, the situation may change for Liverpool. There was no way Liverpool were going to sell their star player to a rival Premier League team, that would have been the dumbest footballing move in a long time, so hats off to Liverpool for refusing to sell to Arsenal. Real Madrid may prove a different scenario for Liverpool: they would not be selling to a direct rival and they would be getting rid off a player who some say is still not 100% certain about his Liverpool future.
John Aldridge recently came out and said that Liverpool should not offer Suarez a new contract as he believes the player will still want to stay at Liverpool if they do not qualify for the Champions League.
€50million is a lot of money and Liverpool may be tempted to cash in on a player that Ian Ayre said ‘tarnished Liverpool’s image’ after his biting incident which resulted in a 10 match ban for the striker. With the proceeds from the sale of Suarez, two or three decent players or even one world class player may be bought in to replace Suarez. But then again, €50million is not a fair valuation for Suarez in my opinion, the player is worth much more than that and Liverpool should hold out for more if they do decide to sell.
Suarez himself has openly admitted to wanting to play for Real Madrid one day as he says that is his ultimate dream in football. The Spanish side have not started the season too well and it is clear that they need more firepower up front as Benzema is not quite doing the business for them. With Bale, Ronaldo and Suarez, they would have a pretty entertaining frontline.
So what does Liverpool do if these reports are correct and Madrid will be putting in a bid in January? Do they cash in on arguably their best player or force Suarez to stay again and help the team challenge for a Top 4 finish? I am sure by the time the January transfer window opens, Liverpool will be in a position to see how well they are going in the league and Suarez too can see for himself if the club really do have a shot at the Top 4 or better yet, winning the whole thing!