Liverpool striker Luis Suarez a target for summer move to Paris Saint-Germain
Published 16/02/2012 | 11:53
LUIS Suarez may be offered a way out of Liverpool and English football by a summer move to Paris Saint-Germain, after reports in respected French sports newspaper L'Equipe linked the Qatari-owned Ligue 1 leaders with the Uruguayan.
The French club are keen to add a world class striker to their squad and the recent problems of Suarez at Liverpool have convinced them that the Anfield club would consider selling a prized asset that has turned toxic over recent weeks.
Suarez served an eight-game ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra, then raised tensions again in refusing to shake the Frenchman's hand ahead of Liverpool's defeat to Manchester United last week.
Suarez apologised to his manager, Kenny Dalglish, and the club, but Liverpool's American owners have been embarrassed by the affair and the Uruguayan's future is in doubt.
Signed in January last year from Ajax in a deal worth £22.8m, Suarez has scored 13 times in 36 appearances for Liverpool. Though arguably the club's best player, the controversy surrounding him may convince Liverpool the best thing for all parties would be to recoup their outlay.
Backed by the oil and gas rich Qatari royal family, PSG would have no trouble meeting any asking price and matching or improving Suarez's wages.
Suarez's great friend from the national team, Uruguay captain Lugano, is also already in Paris, something that may help smooth the deal from the player's point of view.
PSG have struggled for goals in the absence through injury of Javier Pastore, whom they hope will help solve their attacking problems when they entertain Ligue 1 title rivals Montpellier, one place and one point behind PSG, on Sunday.
The Argentine, who was signed before the start of the season for a French record €42m fee from Palermo, is expected to play after a three-week layoff.
"We must be more efficient in attack," Ancelotti said, ahead of the top of the table clash.
"What we showed [previously] would not be enough against Montpellier."
Ancelotti believes PSG need to find ways to stretch defences if they are to score more goals.
"We need to use the whole width of the pitch because our opponents can too easily contain our three offensive players," he said. Meanwhile Uruguay captain and PSG star Diego Lugano has risked reigniting the racism row surrounding Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra by claiming the Liverpool striker "showed balls" by not shaking the United left-back's hand.
Lugano's views, published on his own official website, has Suarez's name back in the headlines once again.