Hope for Liverpool - Five affordable Suarez replacements

Liverpool bad boy Luis Suarez may or may not be sold this summer, in the wake of yet another controversial season for the Uruguayan hit-man.

Rumours of a big bid from Bayern Munich leave an air of uncertainty over the striker's future at Anfield and, whilst the Reds will want to keep him, his behavioural conduct may force their hand, as owner John W Henry may urge manager Brendan Rodgers to let Suarez go to the highest bidder.

However, Liverpool fans fear not! There are affordable replacements available - providing a good fee is commanded for the Uruguayan - and all is far from lost should they lose Luis Suarez this summer.

1) Fernando Torres

It’s the worst kept secret in football that Chelsea will sell Fernando Torres this summer. The Spaniard has suffered a torrid time with form and confidence since his £50 million move to Stamford Bridge from Anfield in January of 2011.

His value has undoubtedly dropped since then as he’s scored just 32 goals in three season for the Blues, compared to his 33 goals in his first season alone at Liverpool.

Chelsea will be looking to offload him to make space in the squad and generate income for replacements like Radamel Falcao and could very well settle the deal for less than £20 million.

Interestingly, the 29-year-old has dismissed a return to his former club Athletico Madrid, leaving the door wide open for the Reds to make a move.

2) David Villa

Elsewhere, David Villa will likely depart from the Camp Nou this summer. The 31-year-old has found, upon returning from injury, that he surplus to requirement in Tito Villanova’s Barcelona first team.

A couple of public bust-ups with star man Lionel Messi as he heads into the final year of his contract this summer means he will likely move on. Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool would be the ideal destination for the Spaniard who functions as the focal point, spear-heading the attack of a free-flowing, possession-based system.

For around £16 million Rodgers could bag himself a world-class international of ample experience, undoubted talent and a hunger to play regular first-team football.

3) Alvaro Negredo

For around the same price as Villa, however, Liverpool could get their hands on one of the continent’s most-wanted men in Alvaro Negredo. The Sevilla striker has been in sensational form this La Liga term, scoring 23 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions.

At 27, he’s surely got a little more left in the tank than his Barcelona counterpart and would likely consider a move to the Premier League as his best bet of furthering his career.

However, the Reds will have to fight their way through a long list of clubs competing to secure his services next term – Everton, Tottenham, and Borussia Dortmund are all keen to sign him. He has, however, revealed in the past: “to play at Anfield is a dream.” I suppose it’s up to Brendan Rodgers to make it a reality.

4) Michu

Back in England, another Spaniard has been setting the Premier League on fire this term – Michu has scored an impressive 21 goals for Swansea City this term and fired them to win the Capital One Cup earlier this year.

Subsequently, the striker who cost the Swans just £2 million last summer from La Liga outfit Rayo Vallecano, is now attracting a number of elite suitors. However, Brendan Rodgers’ relationship with his former club means he’ll likely have the advantage in any bidding war.

Michu is currently valued at £11.5 million but due to his long-term contract which runs until 2016, that would likely be the opening bid for Swansea to consider letting their star striker abscond.

5) Loic Remy

One man who is heavily linked with absconding this summer is Queen’s Park Rangers’ January signing Loic Remy. The Frenchman cost QPR a reported €10 million from Marseille and, despite his undoubted talent, he will likely be one of the first to be offloaded by the club who have cemented their relegation to the Championship last weekend.

At Marseille in both of his two full seasons with the Ligue 1 outfit, he averaged a goal per game and has since continued in that vein of form in the Premier League, scoring 5 goals in 11 appearances for QPR.

He is, of the above options, the least ready-made finished-article to potentially replace Luis Suarez but at 26 he is surely entering the peak of his powers as a centre-forward.

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