Best transfer business Liverpool do all summer could be sale not signing

Liverpool may pull off a canny piece of summer business if they sell Suso but insist on a buy-back clause.

Liverpool midfielder Suso has been linked with a possible transfer to FC Porto, with the player himself revealing he could leave Anfield if he is not guaranteed regular first-team football.

The Spanish winger is highly regarded among Liverpool fans and that is no surprise given his innate talent. But with a number of players ahead of him in the pecking-order Brendan Rodgers may have a difficult decision to make, which could see the 20-year-old leave permanently rather than on loan.

Suso admitted that the Reds were more likely to sell him this summer than allow him to leave on a free in 12 months. But that very notion could see Rodgers pull off a canny piece of business that may mean Liverpool fans have not seen the last of the player.

Clubs across Europe often insert buy-back clauses into the contracts of young players, with Arsenal and Carlos Vela the most pertinent recent example.

Arsenal sold Vela to Real Sociedad as a player who could not break into the Gunners’ first-team, and yet he now looks set to return - for a little over £3million - as a striker who netted 21 goals for the Spanish side last season.

Suso is a player of such talent that Rodgers must accept it is time to let him play; and as such he may manage to find a place in his first-team squad for the Spanish under-21 international. But if that proves impossible, selling him to Porto with the caveat of a buy-back option could be a win-win.

The player will get the minutes he craves and Liverpool will be able to watch him develop safe in the knowledge that they can buy him back for a cut-price fee if they so desire.

Because while Suso may not be deemed ready for a regular place in Liverpool’s first-team yet, you get the impression that in a year or two he will be.

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