Real Madrid had the opportunity to sign Luis Suarez last summer, before deciding to splash out on Gareth Bale instead, according to a report in the Spanish paper Marca.
Suarez is on the verge of completing a £75million deal to sign for Madrid’s rivals Barcelona, but could have already been playing his football in Spain last season suggests the report.
It is said that Madrid had tied up all ends in the Suarez deal, and were due to bring him to the Bernabéu until they made major progress in the Gareth Bale transfer from Tottenham Hotspur. Once the Spanish giants realised they could not afford both Suarez and Bale, a decision was reportedly made to pursue the latter for a record-breaking £86million.
Suarez was tipped to leave Liverpool last summer following his biting incident with Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, with the club ultimately resisting interest from the likes of Arsenal to keep him at Anfield.
The Uruguayan went on to have his best season in a red shirt on Merseyside, with his 31 goals helping to fire the club back into the Champions League for the first time in five seasons.
So why would Madrid have chosen Bale instead? The Welshman was the younger prospect, with his electrifying pace and variety of goal-scoring ability needed in the Spanish capital. Bale was also the in-form man in the Premier League, scooping both the young player and player of the year awards for that season.
Then, as Barcelona have also experienced, there was the issue of his bite, which may have given Bale the edge as the club's selection of major signing.
Madrid and Bale will now come up against Suarez when their El Clasico rivalry with Barcelona is renewed once more in the coming months, with both player’s having the opportunity to prove that Real made either the right, or the wrong, choice when reportedly signing Bale over Suarez.