The latest rumour surrounding Luis Suarez and Real Madrid is quite frankly, ridiculous.
The Daily Star has suggested Real Madrid will have another go at trying to tempt Luis Suarez away from Anfield this winter, offering striker Karim Benzema in a direct swap plus £20 million for the Uruguayan.
The Spanish club were strongly linked with Suarez last summer but to put the matter into simple terms, they are going to have to do a lot better if they want to get their hands on arguably the best striker in Europe.
The Spanish press has been very critical of Benzema so far this season, which has led to suggestions that he could be benched for the majority of the current campaign with Alvaro Morata coming into the side or sold this January.
If there is any truth in this rumour then how Real Madrid can think Benzema matches the value of Suarez, financially and in terms of his effectiveness on the pitch, then Florentino Perez needs to go and find those marbles he’s lost.
Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers have been very clear over Suarez; he’s not going anywhere and he’s focused on driving Liverpool into the top four by the end of the current season.
There is always the threat that big sides will lose their best players but Liverpool have a blueprint over how they can keep Suarez for the majority of his career and it’s based around Champions League football.
Should Liverpool get into the top four by the time the season comes to a close, it creates the perfect setting for the club to start talks with Suarez over a new contract.
How the thinking could change so dramatically over the next couple of months leading up to January is a mystery unless the powers that be at Anfield have been telling fibs all along, which just is not the case.
If Liverpool entertained the notion of a swap deal for Suarez with Real Madrid, they would need to up the ante in a big way because Rodgers has valued the forward at £50-55 million with plenty of reports suggesting Benzema is worth around £20 million on the modern market.
Benzema, another world class player and a pile of cash would be much more tempting but even then, you’d be hard pushed to find any Liverpool fan who would take that deal with their best striker going the other way.
It’s not going to happen.