Date: 14th October 2013 at 11:50pm
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The Independent is reporting today that Real Madrid are ready to offer their striker Karim Benzema to Arsenal for a knock down fee of £20million so they can raise funds to sign Luis Suarez in January.

Benzema seems to have fallen out of favour with Carlo Ancelotti as the 25-year old striker has scored just twice in eight matches this season.

Like many Liverpool fans, I am sick and tired of this Suarez transfer speculation! One day the reports are saying he is set to leave Anfield and then a few hours later you hear that he is staying. I think the press are just running out of stories to sell during this International break and Suarez is the easiest headline to run with.

Now if the reports that Real Madrid are willing to sell Benzema to fund the purchase of Suarez or accurate, then Liverpool should look at cutting Arsenal out of this deal. No transfer is ever simple but surely if Madrid want Suarez, Liverpool will need another striker to replace him, so why not just arrange to bring in Benzema for Suarez?

A straight swap for Suarez and Benzema would not work as Madrid would have to add some cash to give to Liverpool for this deal to take place. If Benzema is being valued at £20million then Suarez’s value should easily be £50million meaning Benzema plus £30million would be a good bit of business for Liverpool. The Reds would have a hefty amount of cash in the bag plus a pretty decent striker in the form of Benzema. With the £30million cash, Liverpool would then be able to get in at least two quality central midfielders which is a department that needs strengthening.