Where is Suarez going?
Luis Suarez has courted more controversy this week after giving strong indications that he is seeking a move away from Liverpool. The tempestuous striker has been the subject of a huge offer from Arsenal this week but it has already been rebuffed by the Anfield hierarchy. However the Uruguayan striker still looks likely to move this transfer window and it is known that Real Madrid are long time admirers.
A transfer to the Spanish capital would certainly suit Liverpool more than the gut-wrenching prospect of seeing their star striker banging in goals for a close domestic rival. Manager Brendan Rodgers has already questioned why Suarez would want to make the move, saying "I know what we are trying to build and grow, so why would you swap Liverpool to go to Arsenal?” The answer is that Arsenal could offer Suarez Champions League football, and if the PR at the club is to be believed, a big wage packet to boot.
Arsenal could make an improved offer for Suarez imminently, offering more than this week’s £40 million plus £1 offer that they thought would activate a release clause in his contract. This coupled with the Uruguayan’s desire to leave could be enough to secure the transfer.
Unsurprisingly Arsenal are 10/11 favourites with the bookies to have Suarez at their disposal come September. However with striker Gonzalo Higuain set to be offloaded imminently, Real Madrid will have the space and the funds for a top striker so don’t be surprised if Suarez becomes a Madrid player in the next few weeks. At 5/2, the bookies certainly wouldn’t be either. It’s also worth noting that Suarez himself has spoken of Madrid as his number one destination.
Other longer shots for the striker’s signature are Chelsea, who may just be interested if their similarly dogged pursuit of Wayne Rooney bears no fruit. They are backed at 25/1. Paris Saint Germain are also ranked at 25/1 and Manchester City, another of the few clubs with enough financial muscle to put a deal in place, come in at 28/1.
For optimistic Liverpool fans, the bookies are offering 7/4 on Suarez still being a Liverpool player after the transfer window snaps shut.