Luis Suarez continues to be tipped with a move away from Anfield over the summer with the two main clubs apparently interested being Juventus from Serie A and Bayern Munich from the Bundesliga.
However, Chelsea could turn out to be the strong favourites, especially if Sir Alex Ferguson’s comments about expecting Wayne Rooney to stay at Old Trafford turn out to be correct.
Suarez is a superstar striker and the sort of player who guarantees goals and success to the front line of the team he represents. That will be very appealing to a Jose Mourinho dominated Chelsea.
The difference between Rooney at United and Suarez at Liverpool is that, while both teams would be reluctant to sell to a rival, Liverpool may be more willing to do so because they can’t view Chelsea as a direct rival.
If United are going to sell Rooney, despite there being every indication new boss David Moyes wants to keep him, they will not sell to another English club.
Suarez’s situation at Liverpool is different because Liverpool are not going to be competing for the Premier League title next year so the impact on them of Suarez joining Chelsea will be less direct.
A Mourinho led Chelsea won’t be at all put off by the apparent reputation of the Liverpool striker because Mourinho is a very high profile character and his teams have all had high profile stars in them.
He’ll see it as an opportunity as opposed to a risk and Suarez could find it appealing to work under someone who guarantees silverware at every club he’s been to so far in his relatively short coaching career.
Liverpool would be well within their rights to play hard ball over the transfer, making sure they get top money because they may as well take Chelsea to the cleaners if they are trying to buy the club’s best striker.
Suarez would not join Manchester United because of his Liverpool roots, he wouldn’t join Arsenal because they don’t have the guarantee of success he’ll be looking for if he does leave Merseyside in the future.
Manchester City have been linked with his signature, with Roberto Mancini recently commenting that he would like to sign him - But the Italian's impending departure from the club is likely to work in Liverpool's favour and see any plans of the sorts abandoned. City are well stocked in attack and more likely to chase Suarez' compatriot Edinson Cavani.
That means Chelsea are the only other option if he’s going to join another English side, a side that needs a prolific striker heading into next season and a side that hasn’t been afraid to try and get after Liverpool’s best players in the past.
It’s just unfortunate that if the Blues go after Suarez, he’s unlikely to show the same sort of loyalty to Steven Gerrard when the Liverpool skipper was in the same position.
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