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Real Madrid line up audacious bid for Luis Suarez, throw Karim Benzema into mix

Oct 30, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

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After his stunning return to the Premier League following his 10-game ban at the tail end of last season, Luis Suarez‘ stock in the transfer market has risen even higher over the last few weeks.

That may be a good thing for Liverpool… as according to various reports their star Uruguayan striker is still keen to leave the Anfield club and has his heart set on a dream move to Real Madrid.

Suarez, 26, repeatedly confirmed his wish to leave Liverpool over the summer as one of the longest transfer saga’s in recent PL history, and that’s saying something, played out with clubs such as Arsenal and Chelsea hovering and the former making a bid that was rejected for Liverpool’s prized possession.

But if Suarez continues to score, he’s bagged six in four PL games already after his sublime hat trick against West Brom on Saturday, can the Reds afford to not cash in on a want-away player now? Maybe, even if they don’t want to sell Suarez, the time is right.

(MORE: Liverpool 4-1 West Brom – Suarez hat trick sinks Baggies, video)

As talk about the January transfer window is already reverberating around clubs, media outlets and terraces across Europe, Suarez’ name will be on the lips of many as top European clubs circle to snap him up. Liverpool are desperate to keep their main man, and I’m sure that will still be the case if Brendan Rodgers‘ side are challenging for the title come January time.

Yet if Real Madrid, who are eager to offload plenty of stars to stop crippling debts mounting up, were to offer one of Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria and Sami Khedira, plus cash, for Suarez, that has to be hard to turn down?

From a business standpoint it may make sense, but in terms of the ambition of the club, it would reek of settling for second-best. If Liverpool want to become title-contenders again, Suarez needs to stay and American owner John W. Henry needs to keep firm in the brilliant stance he made over the summer by simply hanging a ‘not for sale’ sign around Suarez’ neck.

It worked, and proved the club now has the power in the situation and Suarez realizes he must keep performing on the pitch for the Reds if any massive move to Madrid will ever come off.

Rumors of Suarez leaving Anfield are about to start heating up again, and expect them to intensify between now and the end of January.

If Liverpool are serious about winning the title and making a splash in the PL, their firm stance of a ‘no sell’ must remain. Suarez’ goals and that cutting edge and ‘X-factor’ he provides up top will be the difference between Liverpool being in the top six or challenging for the PL crown. Their squad may not be quite strong enough to do the latter, but with Suarez’ on board they’ll be a damn good bet to finish in the top four.

  1. rodge1 - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Suarez is the biggest flopper in all of sports.

    • mdac1012 - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Yes he is a flopper. He is a lot of things but he is also brilliant player who when he is on his game is almost an unstoppable scorer and can takeover a game by himself.

  2. 4231press - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    I created an account just to comment about the complete lack of knowledge of the author, made painfully clear with a few sentences.

    “Yet if Real Madrid, who are eager to offload plenty of stars to stop crippling debts mounting up, were to offer the likes of French international Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria and Sami Khedira, plus cash, for Suarez, that has to be hard to turn down?”

    Not even going into the debt issue (Real Madrid generate enough yearly revenue to justify the debt) the amount of talent, Benzema, Di Maria, and Khedira would be an outrageous infusion of talent for Liverpool for one want-away player. Every player would start on day 1 for Liverpool. By the Way, The current rumors state Benz plus 20 million pounds for Suarez. Just taking all the summer rumors for the 3 madrid players to put a value on each player

    Manchested United offered 40 million Euros for Khedira alone and rumors are Chealsea is lining up a bid in January.

    Di Maria was rumored for a 30 million Euro move to PSG before they decided to sell Ozil instead.

    Benzema was being lined up to Arsenal for 40 million POUNDS before Perez said no.

    Assuming Benzema has lost value and is currently being mentioned for a 20 million pound move to Aresenal, the total value for the 3 players would equal more than 79 million pounds, which is about 5 or so from the world transfer record of Bale. The author would have us believe that this offer PLUS cash on top of it would somehow be a step back for Liverpool when in reality it would be the absolute best case for Liverpool to landing such an amazing haul for a player who has made it clear he’s not staying.

    • Joe Prince-Wright - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Think you may have the wrong of the end of the stick on that one.

      I said “were to offer the LIKES of French international Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria and Sami Khedira, plus cash, for Suarez.”

      That was insinuating that one of those three players, plus cash, could be transferred for Suarez. Will clear it up a little to spare any confusion, so thanks for that.

      I actually think that Suarez in top form is worth keeping over getting those three players plus cash. Khedira has never hit the heights of his World Cup 2010 success, Di Maria flatters to deceive and I don’t think the PL would suit Benzema.

      But that’s just me… I’m a big fan of Suarez, the player at least.

      • 4231press - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        Then the sentence should be written

        “Yet if Real Madrid, who are eager to offload plenty of stars to stop crippling debts mounting up, were to offer the likes of French international Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria “OR” Sami Khedira, plus cash, for Suarez, that has to be hard to turn down?”

        The “and” implies all 3 including cash, which would pretty much break the world transfer record.

        Khedira is a really good holding midfielder, Di Maria has been the second best player at Madrid so far and Benz has a big frame and great technique, I think it would do just fine in the PL.

        I’m sorry but almost no one in their great mind would turn down those 3 players for one striker. Form comes and goes, but that thing is clear, Liverpool would take a big step UP in quality if they included those 3 players in their line-up. I do realize how good Suarez is, but this is a team sport with 11 players that have to rely on each other and 3 really good players is more valuable than 1 great one.

        It’s pointless though, as I mentioned Madrid would never offer those players for him, the rumors currently state Benz plus 20 million pounds.

    • bigwangchow - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      you are a retard, how about you read it correctly instead of asking for grammar to be changed to your liking. i stopped reading your comment after the first sentence.

      out of the 3 players mentioned, i would probably be inclined to take Benzema or Di Maria depending on who is on the current Liverpool roster.

      the worst contract ever was the Bale contract. he is way over rated and all he has is a wing sprint and a left footed shot. he has no ball skills or talent to take over a game. as a Barca fan, i think that was the best move Madrid made all summer lol

  3. tonyolekanma - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    If I were Liverpool, I would ship him off to the next highest-bidder. He is a very bad image for the club. For a player who has bitten other opponents not once, but twice, I can’t see why anyone in their right mind continues to glorify such a shameful piece of humanity. There are other goal-scorers in this world! Remember?

    • danielofthedale - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      The guy missed six games and is already the 3rd leading goal scorer in the EPL. They are other goal scores as good as him, but Liverpool ain’t get one (ie Ronaldo, Messi, Ibra, Falcao, and the like). Could imagine if they sell him to say Arsenal who might put in a 50M Pound bid and Arsenal beat out Liverpool by 5 points for the EPL championship? You just have to take the Bat S’ Crazy that he brings because he brings bags of talent and even more goals.

    • theromingnome - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      Spoken like a true Man U fan. 😉

  4. dude8200 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Suarez is a disgrace to sports let alone English football. I will be surprised if he makes it through the first half of the season without biting or flopping like he just got shot…oh wait that happens every game. This guy can’t make it through a game without him being involved in some sort of controversy. He should be banned for life. Let his sorry a$$ go to Madrid…he will fit in fit in perfectly with the Galacticos. He and Ronaldo will be battling it out for best acting…can’t wait till this punk is out of the premier league.

  5. jmoersdorf - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Stop with the he is a disgrace and a dark spot on the club. It’s the dumbest thing I have ever heard. John Terry did the same thing as Suarez and got a less harsh penalty because he isn’t a foreigner. It’s absolutely pathetic. I’m not saying what he did was right, but it’s the same haters over and over with sell this guy because he is a disgrace. Yada Yada Yada… if he was on your team you’d cream your pants.

    Now on to the real matter here. Suarez isn’t leaving… this year at least. First off he is worth more money than what Madrid paid for Garreth Bale. He is arguably the third best player in the world (showing respect to CR7 and Messi) but on any day could be as good as either player. He is by far the best player in the BPL, and it’s not even close. The offer of the three players would certainly be enticing and the talent brought back would be incredible… but it’s not going to happen. As for the 20 mil and Benzema… well that’s just an insult.


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