Real Madrid suffer constant first world footballing problems.
Should I drive my 1954 Mercedes Gullwing or the Aston Martin DB5 to training? Where can I find a swag bag that holds all these nifties? If anything, my girlfriends are too sexy. Or, in the case of the upper brass at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu; who to buy - outstanding Premier League forward A or outstanding Premier League forward B?
The Daily Mail claim Liverpool are anticipating Real interest in their most valuable asset, Luis Suarez, while The Mirror have reported that the Spanish giants will move for Manchester City star Sergio Aguero.
Suarez has attracted more plaudits than Aguero throughout the season, culminating in consensus Player of the Year prizes, perhaps by default, though, as his natural rival as the division's most creative and most clinical striker played half as much domestic football and, should he have not been plagued by muscular injuries (predominantly hamstring), then he may well have outscored even the Uruguayan.
The goal-scoring, assist providing and chance creating prowess that Suarez and Aguero possess in the Premier League is almost akin to the attacking effectiveness of La Liga pair Lionel Messi at Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid. The only difference is that the latter two have been banging them in on a consistent basis for even longer.
Whomever Real choose to focus their efforts on will no doubt dominate the pages of Marca in a summer where targets may be more easily swayed while away from their clubs and on international duty with their respective nations at the upcoming football festival, the World Cup, in Brazil.
But just who should Real be going for?
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Due to the wealth of quality at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City are not as reliant on Aguero as Liverpool are on Suarez. City have many game-changers and a plethora of players who can influence a match, so play therefore is not primarily Aguero-centric… Yaya Toure, David Silva, Samir Nasri, Edin Dzeko are all equally adept at affecting the scoreline, which perhaps explains why Aguero is on the ball (touches per appearance) less frequently than Suarez.
Aguero has 56% of the touches Suarez has per match, so his passes into the final third are also inferior yet, despite the handicap of not receiving the ball as often as Luis, Sergio is still able to affect the scoreline (goals + assists) at a similar rate. Aguero has an attacking efficiency (goals + assists / minutes played) of one every 66.9 minutes, while Aguero's is once per 68.9 minutes.
This slightly superior difference may come down to one thing - accuracy of pass, even in the final third and also accuracy of shot.
If both were assessed on an identical minutes basis, there would, perhaps, be little to separate them, but would one be more affordable than the other and could this influence Real's preference?
Suarez, despite a questionable transfermarkt.co.uk valuation of £46m, would likely be the world's first £100m+ player if/when he is sold, while Aguero may be a cheaper - yet still costly - alternative. Price may not perturb Real, though, as the club recently topped Forbes' annual football rich list, with a $2bn valuation, a 4% increase from their standing last year.
Who would be a better fit at Real Madrid, in their current set-up, likely joining both Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in a fluid three-man attack. Ultimately, that could come down to the player with the greater understanding of movement.
Suarez has an unrelenting energy and a work-rate that makes him the ideal Premier League athlete - much like Ronaldo before him - and could replicate the former Manchester United man's success in pitch dominance in Spain. Aguero, though, also boasts a pace and movement nous. Again, there is little to separate them.
First world problems… Real have the funding, they have the hot cars, the hot cash and the hot wags, yes, they could even approach both - a scatter-gun approach to the market - in the hope that one bullet will take down a target long enough for them to put them in the trunk (the Aston Martin probably has the edge here) and speed their way back to Madrid.