The perfect Luis Suarez swap deal to keep him away from Arsenal

Can Liverpool do a deal with Atletico Madrid to keep Luis Suarez from Arsenal's clutches?

As Liverpool contemplate what to do with Luis Suarez, there is one solution which could be best for all parties, except Arsenal - which appears to be what the hierarchy at Anfield want.

They can sell him abroad, but not just to any team; to a club which possesses one of the attackers they are most heavily linked with signing to replace him.

Last week Liverpool were said to be interested in making an offer for Brazilian forward Diego Costa, who has a £21.8 million buyout clause in his contract.

With Suarez valued in excess of £40 million (Liverpool could settle for around that figure if it meant selling abroad rather than to a Premier League rival) a swap deal could be on the cards.

Liverpool could sell Suarez, get anywhere between £20-35 million depending on the agreement, and sign Diego Costa into the deal as one of his replacements.

It would be a perfect deal, solving Liverpool's dilemma with regard to a player who appears really to have burned his bridges at Anfield, not just with management but crucially with the fans, who just appear fed up with his behaviour.

So what's in it for Suarez?

The player would get to move to Spain, a country he has recently expressed a desire to move to, however much he attempts to backtrack with regard to his statements on life in England and the British press.

Crucially Atletico Madrid have Champions League football on offer, a guaranteed right after finishing third in La Liga, unlike Premier League fourth placed Arsenal who still have the uncertainty of a qualifying round hanging over them.

Atletico Madrid also sold Falcao to Monaco for a princely sum of €60 million this summer, and have spent reportedly less than €5 million on an amazing deal for David Villa, which has ensured there is plenty left over for another big name.

They would even consider Suarez a surefire upgrade on Diego Costa, which won't be an issue for Liverpool as the Uruguayan will simply no longer be their problem - And they will have money and a good footballer acquired in exchange.

Suarez' latest comments have made his position seemingly untenable, and selling abroad is the best option, similar to Manchester United's dilemma with Wayne Rooney.

Strengthening a rival club in Arsenal is not something they want to do as it will harm their own chances of finishing in the top four, and with Real Madrid preoccupied with Gareth Bale; Atletico might just be their best option.

Is this a deal you can potentially see happening? Would you like it to?

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