Despite the controversy that follows him, Luis Suarez remains a man in high demand. With rumours of a potential departure from Anfield, his performances last season and in the Confederations Cup have some of Europe’s top clubs on high alert. Who are his suitors and who might Liverpool replace him with should the Reds lose the feisty Uruguayan?
Ever since arriving from Dutch giants Ajax in 2011 for £18m, the ever-controversial Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been easily the best performer on the pitch for Liverpool. In spite of recent incidents involving alleged racism towards another player and the biting of Branislav Ivanovic’s arm during a feisty match against Chelsea, his goal return has been impressive.
In his two-and-a-half seasons at Anfield, he has scored 51 goals in 96 appearances, which is impressive. This, despite all the baggage that he appears to carry, has helped to attract the attention of some of Europe’s biggest and richest clubs, but should he leave, where will Suarez go? He’s 11/5 to stay at Anfield, but there are plenty of options available to him:
Following the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti, Real are looking to bolster their strike force, and with Gonzalo Higuain’s impending departure for Arsenal, his arrival could be the marquee signing that the Italian veteran is looking for. He’s just 1/2 to move to the Bernabeu.
Another footballing superpower with a new boss, Pep Guardiola is chasing a new striker, and with first-choice target Robert Lewandowski unlikely to move to the Bavarian giants, a move for Suarez looks like a possibility. He’s 8/1 for a transfer to the Allianz Arena.
They’re likely to be the biggest spenders in Europe this summer, eager to show upstarts Monaco that they mean business. PSG are able to offer Champions League football, and he would be a great partner for the equally temperamental Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He’s 14/1 to move to the French capital.
Following the sale of Radamel Falcao to Monaco for a huge fee, a replacement is needed, and Suarez fits the bill. He would cost upwards of £30m, but as Los Rojiblancos are in the Champions League, they might be able to afford him. However, odds of 16/1 suggest a move there is unlikely.
A surprise contender for his signature, the Gunners were rumoured to have placed a bid for Suarez in recent days. If true, there’s no knowing if they will come back with an improved offer, but the prospect of linking up with Higuain may appeal, as well as staying in England.
Should Suarez leave for pastures new, Liverpool will need an adequate replacement. In recent times, Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe has been linked with a move away from Tottenham, and is the favourite to go there. However, a better option in the long-term could be Aston Villa’s promising Belgian star Christian Benteke.
Benteke is more prolific, and has attracted a number of suitors this summer, but his arrival would help make Liverpool fans feel better about the possible departure of their main striker. He’s one of the favourites to replace Suarez, but the news that Villa have slapped a £25m price tag on him could put them off.
Other possible arrivals could include Barcelona veteran David Villa, Swansea’s Michu and former Kop hero Fernando Torres, who may be surplus to requirements at Chelsea following his disappointing spell at Stamford Bridge. All three could be tempting for Brendan Rodgers, but are unlikely.