What the papers say about the Uruguayan’s future.
If you believe what you read in the newspapers (and let’s face it why wouldn’t you?) then Liverpool star and biter of Serbian defensive rocks – Luis Suarez – is a Real Madrid transfer target this summer.
The controversial Uruguayan has certainly not been a shrinking violet during his two-and-a-half years at Anfield, netting 51 goals in 92 appearances but also receiving a combined ban of 18 matches for racially abusing and biting opponents.
It’s unlikely Reds manager Brendan Rodgers would want to let his hit-man go however, despite the 26-year-old’s on-field activities when he’s not smashing the ball in the back of the net.
However, with Liverpool failing to secure Champions League football for a fourth successive year – oh 1970s glory seems so long ago – Suarez may be getting bored of not playing top European football.
It will become all that more tempting when Madrid come in with a £140,000-a-week contract, plus a bagful of bonuses, for the Uruguay international, as the Mirror reports.
It’s likely Suarez would bite the Spanish giants’ hand off (I know, sorry) at this sort of money and Rodgers may like the sound of £40m for the forward, which is his buy-out clause according to Marca.
Yet Madrid are less keen of shelling out so much money – they could have saved £5m and got Andy Carroll – and instead are proposing a £20m deal plus highly rated Spain youngster Jose Callejon, reports Spanish website AS.
However, when deciding what’s happening why not ask the man himself as Suarez has revealed his frustration with the English press and the lure of Madrid.
“To say no to Madrid would always be difficult and more so with the team they have,” the forward was quoted on fanatix.
“I have a contract with Liverpool, but it would be very difficult to say no to Real Madrid.”
“I suffered too much as a kid to get where I am to be attacked unfairly by the English press.”
“My daughter and my wife have suffered. I’m not prepared to continue to put up with the English press.”
Also, fan of a marquee signing and father of the ‘galatico’ term, Madrid president Florentino Perez has expressed his interest in signing the striker. It’s worth noting that Perez is up for re-election this year and a transfer like Suarez would look extremely attractive to the board.
“Suarez is a great player and I am sure all in the world would want him. I like him and others too, but it does not always fit,” the president was quoted on Sky Sports.
Here at fanatix towers our code breakers have found this to mean; ‘OK we’ll sign you Luis, but for Christ’s sake don’t bite anyone whilst wearing a Real Madrid shirt.’