The Liverpool manager refuses to sell his star man, and reckons Madrid have left it too late to sign him.
Just when it looked like Luis Suarez was all set to spend this season at Anfield, Madrid have entered the fray.
Following the sale of top Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain to Rafael Benitez’s Napoli, Madrid are now left with only one senior striker in the shape of Karim Benzema. Alvaro Morata and Jese Rodriguez are undeniably talented, but lack any serious La Liga experience.
Ancelotti is now thought to be preparing a last-minute swoop for Liverpool’s Uruguayan centre-forward. Brendan Rodgers however believes that any deal at this stage would be highly unlikely: “It’s very difficult at this time [for a Suarez bid to succeed]” Rodgers told Sky Sports, “We are trying to get one or two more quality players in through the door. If we lose Luis at this stage, it would be difficult to replace him.
“There might have been a point a few months ago when there was time to do it, but not with only 11 days to go.”
Liverpool have strengthened well this summer, with former Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet already proving to be worth his £9.5m transfer fee with a decisive penalty save against Stoke City on the Premier League’s opening weekend.
Likewise, new forward Iago Aspas looked dangerous and former Arsenal and Manchester City man Kolo Toure did well on his debut alongside vice-captain Daniel Agger.
Striker Daniel Sturridge continued his excellent goalscoring record for the Reds but, should Liverpool lose Suarez, he would be the club’s only recognised out-and-out striker. The club have done so well to hang onto their prize asset thus far – with only ten days to go until the end of the window, they will be praying they can hold out just that little bit longer.