Barcelona are looking favourites to land Luis Suarez from Liverpool after the clubs held the first round of talks in London. According to reports, Liverpool have made it clear to Barcelona that they value the player at £80 million and that it has not reduced despite the recent controversies. Barcelona are not far from the figure with the Spanish club reported to have made an offer in the region of £65-£70 million.
It may not be surprising to see the two clubs come to a deal in the next few days, as there is not much separating them right now. It was initially thought that Barcelona were willing to offer Alexis Sanchez in exchange, but such an eventuality depends upon the Chilean open to a Liverpool move.
Suarez recently came out with a public apology for the bike controversy surrounding Chellini, but Spanish football expert says that the player may not have apologised on his own. Barcelona reportedly made him come out with this apology so that it would allow the club to present the player in a good way to the media. As expected, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been talking a lot about Suarez’ commendable character to come out with an apology when people least expect him to do so.
After scoring 31 goals last season, it may seem that Luis Suarez may have played his last for Liverpool. Suarez would then continue the tradition of the last four PFA Player of the Year winners switching clubs in the subsequent summer.
Speculation linking Luis Suarez with a move to Spain intensified after the player’s father-in-law stated that the 27-year-old is considering a move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona. Suarez has been subjected to transfer speculation for more than a year now. There has been no respite in the transfer rumours linking him with a move to Spain, despite signing a new four year contract towards the end of 2013. Suarez is now one of the highest earning players in the Premier League with wages of around £220,000 per week.
However, Suarez’ father-in-law, Gustavo Balbi, hinted that a potential move could not be about money and that the player needs to prove himself in another tough league. According to the Mirror, he said: “Luis has nothing left to prove in England. It’d be the right time to move to Spain.”
“It doesn’t matter whether it’s one team or the other (Madrid or Barcelona). He will not go to another team in England out of respect for Liverpool.”
Despite the talk of Suarez having achieved a lot with Liverpool, the fact that still remains his that he is yet to lift any major title with the club. He has only lifted the League Cup until now. He came close to winning the Premier League last season. Even though Liverpool will once again be playing in the Champions League next season, it may just be a case of wanting to lift more titles. At 27, Suarez is at the peak of his career and top clubs are not likely to show interest in him after a few years.
Carlo Ancelotti has stated that there will be no signings at Real Madrid during the World Cup 2014. He says that the club may try to bring in a couple of players before the start of the new season. After winning the 10th Champions League title, expectations will be sky-high in the coming campaign. Despite possessing a team that just won the European Cup, Madrid have once again been linked with a few galaticos in the last few weeks.
The most notable name has been Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who was linked with the club even last summer. After a spectacular season with the English club, Suarez has been regarded as one of the strikers in the world. Since Madrid lack a real alternative to Karim Benzema, it has been rumoured that they would try to bring in Suarez. Reports of a £72 million bid from the European champions have been going around the tabloids. Ancelotti said: “We’re in no rush and we don’t need to bring in a lot of players. We have until 31st August.”
Liverpool rejected a £40 million bid from Arsenal last summer and his price would have almost doubled after the stunning campaign in which he won the PFA Player of the Year award by scoring more than 30 goals.
Ancelotti’s target will be to get the league title along with European trophies like the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. Despite being in the title hunt until the end of the campaign, Mariners finished in a disappointing third-place. Ancelotti also hinted that Angel di Maria will stay. He continued: “I have no doubt that he’ll stay”.
Just days after their title bid suffered a huge dent, Brendan Rodgers has come out in praise of striker Luis Suarez. The forward was named as the recipient of the much coveted PFA Player of the Year award on Sunday. He is amongst the select top players in the world to have received this award. The 26-year-old has become one of the most lethal strikers in world football. Even though he could not find a way past the Chelsea defence on Sunday, Liverpool will still be confident of winning the title.
Suarez came close to leaving Liverpool in the summer after bids from Arsenal were rejected. Real Madrid were also rumoured to be interested in the forward. Despite such interest, Liverpool managed to convince the player to sign a new long-term contract. Suarez is now one of the highest-paid players in the world, but he could have easily been playing for another club this season. He said:
“A player of Luis Suarez’s ability has to be playing at this level. His loyalty in staying at Liverpool, to continue to fight for the club to get us there, is remarkable really.
“Hopefully he gets the rewards for that with those big European nights next season.”
Rodgers says that Suarez has chosen the right decision to stay at Merseyside. The Liverpool fans, widely acknowledged to be one of the most loyal, have taken to Suarez as their next hero. After Liverpool have qualified for the Champions League group stages, it is almost certain that the striker will stay at the club for the coming seasons.
Luis Suarez, who got himself a ten match-ban after biting Chelsea’s defender Branislav Ivanovic is working on controlling his behavior. Speaking with ESPN he admitted that he is learning not to lose his cool on the pitch.
Liverpool in-form striker who has fallen under many controversies because of his temperament on the pitch is adamant not to let his attitude take the best out of him. Currently being the top scorer in Barclays Premier League with twenty goals in fifteen games, he has earned the Barclay’s player of the month award.
With top notch performances and 100% commitment in every game, the 26 year old deserves appreciation on wanting to improve his behaviour on the field. Speaking with ESPN, he said, ‘My temperament, my attitude, my desire and hunger when I was on the pitch has always been like this and will continue to be this way. I know now that I have to control it a bit more.’
“An example came about two weeks ago I had an open shot on goal that hit the post. It rebounded close to my hand, and I was about to go for it but then stopped. If the same thing happened two months ago I would have gone for it.
“These things stay with me, but I’m changing, I’m improving my attitude on the pitch because I know I was wrong in the past. I was creating an image of myself that I know wasn’t me.”
Luis Suarez has removed any further speculations about his departure from Liverpool by signing a contract extension deal. He has finally buried rumours of joining Real Madrid or Arsenal and admitted he is content to be a Liverpool player.
He said, “I want to play football and I want to help Liverpool win as long as possible. I’m happy to be in the Premier League, which is the best league in the world. This is what matters to me.”
“As for the financial aspects, you always want to be comfortable for the future because the career of a footballer is short. I wish it wasn’t so short, but after having lived through some difficult times growing up I’m in a very comfortable situation today, thanks to the good work and effort I’ve shown over the last few seasons.
“Today all I am thinking about is Liverpool. I don’t want to create any controversy or anything. I am more than happy with my life here and my wife and children are very happy as well. We are very content with our lives.
“I am with a spectacular club that I’ve always wanted to play for. The team is playing well, I feel comfortable on the pitch, I feel comfortable despite what happens in other stadiums. I love playing here in England and that is the only thing I think about.”
The England skipper has insisted that the Liverpool striker can become one among the best players likewise Cristiano Roanldo and Lionel Messi.
Luiz Suarez has been in a great form for Liverpool. Scoring 13 goals and 2 assists in just 10 matches , he has earned the praise around him to become one of the best in the world. The Salto born striker scored four goals against Norwich in Wednesday’s Premier League encounter, helping his team secure an easy 5-1 win .
Steven Gerrard believes that the Uruguay international has performed out of this world in recent times and can rival Ronaldo and Messi for the best player award in the upcoming years.
The Red’s skipper said, “You have seen a world-class performance, probably one of the best individual performances I’ve seen at Anfield – and I’ve been playing here a long time. Having worked with him every single day, it’s probably less of a surprise to me as it is for the supporters. I’ve been pushing his corner for a long time that he is up there with the best in the world.
“I think he’s getting so close to the main two, Ronaldo and Messi. If he keeps going, I think he can catch them.”
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers also insisted that the Forward is one of the best strikers in the World, after their match against Norwich.
He said, “I always like to talk about the team but I think you’ve got to hold Luis up as one of the best strikers in the world,” he told reporters at his post-match press conference. ”It was an incredible performance. It was sheer brilliance, it was a joy for me to watch the team, I thought technically we were very good but to witness that, it was a remarkable individual performance.”
The Liverpool Manager did not hesitate to confirm that Suarez is happy at Anfield. He added :
“He’s probably the happiest he’s been here, you look at him and the maturity in his performance. I think this club suit him perfectly and I still think his best years are going to be here because of everything. The profile of the club, the connection with the supporters, Anfield itself, you can see it’s a hand in glove fit for him and the type of football we’re trying to play allows him to operate in those spaces we create.”
When Real Madrid president Florentino Perez sits down with the other directors of the club at the end of this month, he will talk about the sale of German international midfielder Mesut Özil and how he plans to use the money from that sale to buy either Luis Suarez from Liverpool, or Monaco’s Radamel Falcao as a “Galactico” for Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti’s new look Real Madrid.
Perez already had a deal in place to sign Luis Suarez that the Uruguayan knew about, with him saying at the start of the summer: ‘It would be very difficult to say no to Real Madrid, there are a lot of rumours in the transfer period, but you never know until firm offers are made. I’ve talked to my agent. There’s nothing concrete.’
Florentino Perez then became tied up with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy over the sale of Gareth Bale, so all thought of buying Suarez was put on the back burner.
Radamel Falcao is another world class striker that los Blancos have been keeping an eye on since he moved to Monaco.
They would have tried to sign him prior to that, but for a written understanding between themselves and Atletico Madrid not to go after each other’s players.
Reports from the South of France however are saying that the Colombian striker is not happy in Monaco, and could possibly be persuaded to return to Madrid.
All eyes now will be on the form of current front man Karim Benzema, who should he fail to rack up the goals will have Perez reaching for his check book.
I have always thought that Luis Suarez is the man Perez wants, and with Liverpool not playing in Europe this season he would be a very welcome site to a Real Madrid team who should still be involved in the Champions League.
Various reports are emerging this morning suggesting that Liverpool’s Luis Suarez has been sold, and no for all you Gooners out there it is not to Arsenal as Arsene Wenger continues to struggle to sign any top players for the north London club.
Apparently Suarez is going to either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich the latter being managed by former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola who is the brother of the Uruguayans agent Pere Guardiola.
All the talk at the moment in the world of transfers seems to be centred around Real Madrid and their pursuit of Tottenham’s Gareth Bale who is expected to join Los Blancos for a world record £85 million plus the inclusion of Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.
While this transfer seems to be keeping everyone’s attention behind the scenes there are reports that Manchester United and Nike have been in talks with the Spanish giants for the past ten days trying to put together a deal that will see former Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo return to Old Trafford for around £80 million the same figure he left United for back in 2009.
The 27-year-old has two years remaining on his contract with Madrid, yet has refused to sign a new one leading to speculation that he may be on his way out if Real refuse to meet his £20 million net per=season wage demand.
Talking to British sports radio yesterday former Real Madrid president Ramone Calderon said:
I know that he is not happy at all with the attitude and behaviour of the president. He is asking for €20million net every season which is going to be difficult for Real to accept,” he told TalkSPORT’s Drive Time show:
“I think the president has all his eggs on the table just in case he can’t get the renewal of Cristiano. That is my impression.
“He’s afraid at some moment that Cristiano will say, ‘I am not going to go on’. That will be bad news for Madrid. I would like to see him retire at Real but now the situation is difficult. Let’s see in the next weeks or months if it can be sorted out and he can stay.”
Meanwhile at the Allianz Arena in Germany the Bundesliga champions have just sold striker Mario Gomez to Italian Serie A side Fiorentina, and could be in the market for a striker like Suarez.
Liverpool for their part have just last night made an offer for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa which is another sign that Suarez is on his way out of Anfield and while all the wheels are turning my money rests firmly on Real Madrid which goes back to earlier this summer when Suarez said” it would be hard to say no to Real Madrid.”
The big Liverpool news today ahead of this morning match against the Melbourne Victory in front of a crowd of 95,000 is that Liverpool have rejected an offer of £40 million plus £1 for their star striker Luis Suarez prompting American owner John Henry to tweet:
John W. Henry @John_W_Henry
What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?
Meanwhile the Liverpool manager expects to see an improvement on last season, and thinks that getting rid of a few players that did not fit into his long-term plan for the club will help, while at the same time bringing in some fresh faces that fit into the puzzle he is building at Anfield.
“We can get into the Champions League with players who are hungry – players who have that hunger to succeed,” he told The Anfield Wrap.
“With the right profile of player and the right level of coaching we can achieve that. We all want stars but the most important thing is you want players who are hungry to become stars.
“That’s what we have at the club now – players who are hungry. If we bring them in with a certain profile I think we’ve shown we are able to compete – and I would expect us to make a much better fist of competing for a top-four place this year.
“I hope we can make a big push this year. Playing in Europe is what this club is all about, it is what the history of this club is built on, and that is the aim.”
The Northern Irishman also believes that the club has come a long way since last season, and that he now has a group of players in place that he can build upon.
“I’ve seen a change – we’ve tried to grow the club in the last year and make sure we’ve got a real base to build on,” he added. “There was a much bigger job last year in terms of trying to get the balance within the squad right. We had players who needed to move on, really.
“We had big wage earners within the football club who weren’t contributing and we knew we had to move them on and find the right profile of player – and that’s what we have now.”
Rodgers said last week that the club is still looking to bring in a few more players, and we are yet to see that big name player that people have been talking about.
The latest signing is expected to be Ajax’s Danish international midfielder Christian Erikson with Liverpool believed to have already made a £18 bid.
Rodgers is certainly looking for youth and value in the market, yet you cannot help think that they need some type of out and out striker should Luis Suarez leave.
Real Madrid appears to be where he would like to go and the one thing you can say about the Spanish giants is the they will make Liverpool a proper offer unlike Arsenal who seem to be running out of options having missed out on all their other targets to other clubs who were prepared to pay more money, which means they will probably lose out on Suarez as well.