Real Madrid are reportedly lining up a £70 million offer for Liverpool forward Luis Suarez.
The Mirror claimed in the early hours of this morning that Real Madrid are hoping to trigger the buy-out clause in Luis Suarez’ Liverpool contract with a bid of £70 million for the Uruguayan striker.
It would certainly be an offer along the lines of what Liverpool deem him to be worth but an offer that the striker would be well advised to ignore.
Liverpool have done everything they may have promised Suarez when he signed a new contract earlier this season; a Premier League title challenge and the platform of the Champions League next season.
Suarez enjoys a current role and status at Anfield, which he’d be unlikely to enjoy if he moved to the Bernabeu.
His position in the Real Madrid team would be threatened in a way that it isn’t at Liverpool and while the move may be perceived as glamorous, attractive and any other positive adjective, if football is what he loves, he’s at the right place.
The striker is currently adored by a set of fans who could have turned on him at the start of the season after he tried to engineer a move away from the club last summer.
He’s worked hard to repair that relationship with Liverpool’s fans through his performances and through his behaviour, which has improved dramatically from last season.
There are several examples of attacking players in the Real Madrid side who haven’t enjoyed such a good relationship with the club’s fans, prompting the idea they could just as quickly turn on Suarez after praising his transfer.
Angel Di Maria has attracted boos throughout Real Madrid’s season while Karim Benzema was booed and verbally abused over the first half of the campaign, when Real Madrid fans wanted Alvaro Morata to be given a chance in Carlo Ancelotti’s first team.
Real Madrid can bid what they like to try and active Suarez’ buy-out clause but as John Henry revealed earlier this year, Arsenal did just that last summer.
“And he had a buy-out clause - I don't know what degree I should go into this - but he had a buy-out clause of £40m. So Arsenal, one of our prime rivals this year, they offered £40m and one pound for him and triggered his buy-out clause,” said the American.
“But what we've found over the years is that contracts don't seem to mean a lot in England - actually not in England, in world football.”
Florentino Perez can try and do a deal to preserve his own popularity with Real Madrid’s fans but if Suarez commits to a move away from Anfield, he may long to be back there as soon as he’s set foot out of the exit door.