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Liverpool Bracing Themselves For Late Suarez Bid
With the summer transfer window in full swing, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, could Arsenal fund Real Madrid’s move for Luis Suarez?
The Merseysiders have successfully seen off interest from Arsenal after rejecting two bids from the north Londoners and Liverpool owner John W Henry declared the striker would not be sold to any club at any price this summer.
Reports now claim the Gunners have switched their attention to Madrid striker Karim Benzema and have been encouraged by the La Liga club that a £40m deal can be done as they want to raise funds to make a late move for Suarez. So, ironically, should Arsenal buy Benzema they will fund Madrid’s move for Suarez.
The Guardian claim that Madrid has always been Suarez’s preferred destination and Carlo Ancelotti’s side are expected to formalise their interest during the closing stages of the transfer window.
Speaking at his press conference yesterday, Brendan Rodger admitted he is anticipating late interest from Real but insists it’s too late for a deal to be done as Liverpool don’t have time to find a suitable replacement. When asked about Madrid’s interest in Suarez, Rodgers told the Guardian:
“I’m sure there will be plenty of activity in these last number of days. It is what it is, and we will deal with it like we have during the summer.
“It’s very difficult at this time [for a Suárez bid to succeed]. 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 where there was time to do it but with 11 days to go it would be difficult to replace him.”
Madrid are only likely to move for Suarez if Arsenal agree a deal for Benzema, and while manager Ancelotti is seemingly willing to do business for the French striker, Real president Florentino Peréz is a huge fan of the 25-year-old’s so it remains to be seen whether he’ll sanction his sale.
Liverpool fans will be praying he refuses as it would be a huge blow to lose Suarez so late in the window, especially after the club fought so hard to keep him away from Arsenal’s clutches earlier in the summer.
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