It is no longer a sceptical thought or anything like a secret - Luis Suarez has made it quite clear that he would like to leave Liverpool this summer.
The Uruguayan started off by suggesting that he would find it difficult to say ‘no’ to Real Madrid - which in itself is not a bad thing; I imagine many a professional footballer would struggle with that answer.
But he has since made it clear that now is the perfect opportunity for him to move on from the club - citing his troubles with the press, FA and the effect that is having on his and his family’s happiness.
And while Liverpool continue to push the rhetoric that Suarez is indispensable and not for sale at any price - we all know that is just not true.
Liverpool’s finances are not in the strongest of condition and I genuinely feel they could ask for £50 million for the 26-year-old considering he is most certainly one of the best players in world football at this moment.
But how do you replace a player as good as Suarez?
The signing of Iago Aspas is one thing but he is more of a creator than a scorer of goals and they will still need a player to compliment Daniel Sturridge in the goalscoring ranks.
So why not go back to the treasure chest where Suarez emerged from and try to find another jewel?
Suarez made his name in Holland; first at FC Groningen - before going on a scoring rampage with Ajax Amsterdam.
In his final year at the club he scored 49 goals in 48 appearances and ended up with a grand total of 111 goals from 159 games for the Dutch giants before his move to Liverpool.
Currently the closest player you can find to those statistics playing in the Eredivisie is Wilfried Bony of Vitesse Arnhem. The Ivorian striker has demonstrated his sublime mix of technique, power and pace by scoring 31 goals in 30 games for the club in a sensational campaign.
But if Liverpool were to entertain the idea of having him on their training pitches permanently it would not be the first time.
Bony travelled over to Europe for trials in 2007 and one such stint was a week long period at Liverpool.
As with most trialists at big clubs like Liverpool he was turned away and the 18-year-old instead signed for Czech outfit Sparta Prague a year later; the rest, as they say, is history.
But at the age of 24 he could be an incredible signing for a Premier League outfit and considering the likes of West Ham and Fulham are rumoured to be luring him Liverpool would surely feel confident about pipping them to his signature.
And with Suarez money in the bank his cost would not be an issue either.
The only stumbling block would be if Bony is still available when Suarez makes his inevitable move away from Anfield.
If not then Liverpool will have to look elsewhere as the one that got away will likely be prospering at another Premier League outfit.
Do you think Wilfried Bony would be a good signing for Liverpool in the event of Suarez’s exit?
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