Pro-Real Madrid newspaper Marca has suggested that Los Blancos and Liverpool striker Real Madrid are willing to negotiate over a move, but the Merseyside club are holding talks back.
Suarez has been consistently linked with a move to Real Madrid since the end of last season, with the ridiculous suggestion that he could turn his back on the side that nearly won the Premier League and secured Champions League football last season.
Marca paints a critical picture of Brendan Rodgers’ team suggesting the only way they’ll let him go is by forcing the player to ask for the transfer to Spain personally.
“They see the Uruguayan as the jewel in their crown and have no intention of letting him go unless somebody meets his buy-out clause or the striker puts in a transfer request,” reports Marca.
“Both Real and Suárez would be willing to negotiate, but the Merseyside club wouldn't. Liverpool say "buy-out clause or nothing".
Marca’s assessment of the situation is flawed for several reasons.
Arsenal triggered Suarez’ buy-out clause last summer but owner John Henry stated last season that the Reds chose to ignore it keeping Suarez at the club.
Initially he was furious but worked hard to win back the support and admiration of the club’s support base to a point where he made himself the side’s best player in a very important season.
The issue he seemed to have last season was Liverpool not allowing him to join a side with Champions League football.
Liverpool’s second place finish last season means they automatically qualify for the group stage of the competition next year, which ticks that box for the Uruguayan striker.
It seems quite insulting and arrogant on Real Madrid’s part if they feel they can just throw money at the issue in the hope of getting to talk to the striker.
Had Suarez’ heart been set on Real Madrid in the same way Gareth Bale’s was before he moved last summer, there’s no way the forward would have signed a new contract at Liverpool last season.
Marca can paint a critical picture of Liverpool all they like, the deal isn’t going to happen.