Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur fans will know they are in for a long summer of rumours about their star players, with Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez both reportedly on Real Madrid’s radar, but there will be little companionship between the two English clubs, as they know if the other team’s player leaves for Spain, their own is likely to stay.
Having seen Barcelona agree a deal for Neymar and ending the season without any silverware, Real Madrid will likely feel obliged to make a big statement in the transfer market this summer, and Bale and Suarez are probably their best two options in this regard.
Both are at teams outside the Champions League, and both have indicated in the past they would be open to a move to the Bernabeu if a transfer fee could be agreed with their clubs.
Yesterday proved to be a hard day for Spurs fans, with one of Bale’s representatives talking up the possibility a move to Madrid, the Spanish side’s president Florentino Perez make the faintly ludicrous claim that the Welshman was born to play for Real.
With Madrid piling on the pressure in their pursuit of Bale, Spurs fans will have been delighted to see Suarez give an interview where he made clear his dissatisfaction with the English press, and suggested Real Madrid would be a good destination for him.
Suarez could cost upwards of £40million, and although Real Madrid have a history of spending ludicrous sums in one summer, they might be happy to withdraw their interested in Bale if they land the Uruguayan. Spurs have made it clear they will fight to keep the Welshman, and the Spanish team might view one big signing as enough.
Add in the fact that if one of the Suarez and Bale leave, their team will likely be weaker in next season’s Premier League, and it is clear that Spurs and Liverpool will be keeping just as close an eye on each other’s star players as their own.
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