Serie A title-holders Juventus are set to test Liverpool’s resolve to keep hold of their coveted Uruguay centre forward at the end of this season.
SOURCE: The Daily Mail
Italian giants Juventus will present new Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers with his first really big test at the end of this current campaign after reports in Italy emerged of late suggesting that the ‘Old Lady of Italian Football’ will try to sign the Merseysiders’ mercurial front man Luis Suarez at the end of this season.
The Serie A champions actually have previous in this regard, as only last summer coach Antonio Conte asked his board to sign either Arsenal forward Robin van Persie or Liverpool’s in-demand attacker Suarez to help prepare Juve for their first season back in the Uefa Champions League.
However, the Italian giants were unable to lure either striker to Turin last year – and ended up with Nicklas Bendtner on loan – but that has by all accounts not stopped them from returning this summer when the transfer window reopens to try and lure the Reds’ Uruguay international once again to the club.
And this situation is set to present the new and relatively young and inexperienced Liverpool manager with his first really big test of resolve and character as to what the best course of action for the Premier League outfit is.
Of course, if as now seems highly likely the Reds do not manage to make it into the top four of the top flight come May, and with it entry into next season’s lucrative Champions League, that could very well force the Northern Irishman’s hand in the sense that the 26-year-old forward could ask for a transfer away from Anfield in any case.
But, the word coming out of the Suarez camp of late is that the former Ajax forward is more than happy with his present situation on Merseyside, having only just signed a new and improved contract with the club last year that will keep the player at Liverpool until 2016.
Although, that equally should not rule out the possibility of Rodgers making the brave decision to allow Suarez to join Juventus at the end of the season even if the player does not want to leave the Reds, so as to bring in circa £40 million plus which would fund a massive rebuilding project at Anfield this summer.
Unless of course, Liverpool splurge it on the likes of Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing or Jordan Henderson…