Debunking Spanish reports that Liverpool have 'agreed' €47m striker deal

Spanish news publication Marca declared yesterday that Real Madrid have ‘agreed’ a deal with Liverpool over the transfer of Luis Suarez.

The report in Marca begins with the assertion that Real Madrid had ‘no room to maneuver’ this summer over Suarez’ proposed transfer due to the deal taking Mesut Ozil to Arsenal ‘dragged on’ so long.

Carlo Ancelotti wanted two world-class centre-forwards, having no idea how Morata would perform. However, Özil's transfer dragged on until the last day of the summer transfer window and left Real no room to manoeuvre in terms of signing Luis Suárez.”

The source then goes on to explain that the Spanish giants had also failed in their attempts to ‘offload’ Fabio Contrao to Manchester United on deadline day. The next paragraph supposedly explains the reason why Suarez remained at Anfield:

“After Luis Suárez had turned down every offer he received in the summer because he was only interested in joining Madrid, the Uruguayan reached an agreement with Liverpool: he would play his socks off for the Reds, but if Real Madrid came in with a €47m bid, Liverpool would let him leave.”

Firstly, there is no mention in this story of Gareth Bale’s world record breaking switch from Tottenham which, in all likelihood, was the main reason Mesut Ozil’s transfer ‘dragged on’ and if Real Madrid had have been so consumed with their desire to sign the Liverpool striker, why hadn’t they made the same public comments of their pursuit as they had for the former Tottenham midfielder?

Meanwhile, as far as anyone else is aware (as far as I’m aware) the only other club to pursue Suarez in the summer was Arsenal with their now infamous £40,000,001 bid for the Uruguayan that led to the owner John W Henry’s world-famous Twitter response and probably one of the most reworked phrases so far this season, “What are they smoking over there at the Emirates?”

Marca present Suarez as shaking his head and slamming the door in the faces of numerous suitors but in reality the Reds striker tried his best at the time to force a move through via making a very public statement and interview with a national newspaper revealing his frustration at what he felt was a betrayal by the Merseyside club who, according to him, promised he could leave in the summer if they didn’t qualify for the Champions League.

The reason he had to climb down from his position on the matter was because Liverpool held firm on their stance that he was not for sale and that was that. The only hint that manager Brendan Rodgers ever gave of possibly selling him was ‘if’ and offer came in for him over the price of his Uruguay teammate Edinson Cavani’s move to PSG for £56 million.

The idea that Suarez turned down a number of clubs is baseless as is the suggestion that he didn’t want to move to Arsenal and I find it very hard to believe that Liverpool would budge so easily on the matter well in advance of January for the equivalent of £39 million when they flatly rejected £40 million (and £1) in the summer.

The player’s contract isn’t anywhere close to expiring (2018) and he is performing exceptionally well at present having scored 8 goals in 6 appearances in the Premier League – Liverpool hold all the cards when it comes to Suarez. Arsenal got that memo and I suspect Real Madrid, if and when they want him, will have at least as tough a time as they did prying Bale away from Spurs, if not more so.

The narrative of the story is inaccurate, the fee quoted is laughable and the lack of any official base to the story makes it exactly that – a big fat story. Liverpool fans can rest assured Luis Suarez is going to nowhere in January.

At least not for €47 million at any rate. If he does end up going in the summer, you can bet your bottom dollar he won't go for any less, not even £1 less that £55 million and even that might not get the deal over the line.

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