Manchester City and Chelsea are the most likely of any Premier League sides, but what about clubs overseas?
It has been hinted at several times over the past few months, that Liverpool could struggle to hold onto Player of the Year Luis Suarez in the summer despite the fact he signed a new contract last summer.
Off on international duty, quotes attributed to him have emerged and been widely reported regarding his future. Here's what he had to say:
"I am very happy at Liverpool, but you never know in football, a player’s ambition is always there, the ambition of wanting to play in elite teams is always there. I’m in a world-class team, an elite team like Liverpool.
"We have to realise we have a new manager who is imposing a philosophy and a way of playing that the players are adapting to as best we can. We hope that it will bear fruit next year.
“But if another team comes around with more prospects of competing in international club competition games, which is willing to have me, they are welcome. We would talk to the club, we would see if I want to go, if I don’t want to go.”
In other words... 'Make me an offer I can't refuse and I will listen.'
However- Liverpool's Ian Ayre has taken to radio this morning to claim the interview, which was given in Suarez' native language have simply been lost in translation. It would not be the first time such events have occured on international week.
But just who is likely to try and take the words literally this summer and make an offer? Clue: They have to be rich, very rich. Here are five who will try...
Suarez has been regularly linked with Bayern, who are on the hunt for a marquee signing to signal the beginning of the Pep Guardiola era in the summer. Robert Lewandowski had been linked, but the latest is that Dortmund are reluctant to sell to their Bundesliga rivals. Bayern have the financial backing, the long-term project, status as main man, and the Champions League football to tempt Suarez and Liverpool into considering a move.
Juventus were linked with trying to sign Suarez last year during his 'troubles' but did not make a move for him in the summer. His form has been so good that they are reconsidering, and are the club most contemporaneously linked with him. There is a concern as to whether they could actually afford him however. They balked at offering over £20 million for Robin van Persie last summer and can't compete with the likes of Bayern or PSG financially. They also have Fernando Llorente arriving in the summer up front lessening the need to bring in another big name.
If any European club has the money to try and sign Luis Suarez then it is PSG. The French club splashed out on signing Zlatan, Lavezzi and Lucas Moura last summer in attack and expect them to go after a big name this time too. If Liverpool do decide to listen to offers and spark a bidding war, PSG could be their best option as they will be willing to go higher than most in an effort to secure the Uruguayan's signature.
Roberto Mancini has made no secret of the fact he would like to sign Luis Suarez at Manchester City, naming him as one of his three most desired forwards last month. City have been linked with selling all three of Aguero, Tevez and Dzeko in the summer at various stages, but they will not let either go without a replacement. Suarez' international teammate Edinson Cavani is said to be a top option, but it would be just like City to try and acquire both. Liverpool would not want to do business with a Premier League side, but they may try to secure one or two of City's stars in part-exchange.
The fact Chelsea need a striker this summer is no secret, as they will be looking to replace a man they bought from Liverpool for £50 million before, Fernando Torres. They say once bitten, twice shy, but that does not seem to be Chelsea's style. Liverpool have proved they are open to doing business with the Blues via the Torres deal, and perhaps this is a bit far-fetched, but how about the Spaniard returning to Anfield as part of any transfer?
What do you think of Suarez' comments and where do you think he will be playing next season?
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