Saturday 24 March 2018

Five possible destinations for Luis Suarez if he decides to leave Liverpool

Luis Suarez has netted 17 times so far this term
Luis Suarez has netted 17 times so far this term
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

One of the most coveted strikers in the world at present, Luis Suarez will have no shortage of suitors should he fail to agree a new contract at Liverpool.

The club have wasted no time in opening negotiations with his agent Pere Guardiola even with two and a half years remaining on his current deal, though the player has indicated that Champions League football may be the decisive factor in his decision to re-sign.

He will be made the highest paid player in Liverpool’s history should he sign on the dotted line, but if he decides to move to pastures new, here are five possible destinations.

1. Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has said that the club blundered in their £40 million – plus one pound offer during the summer that was thought to have triggered a release in his contract. He admitted it may have appeared ‘provocative’, but may well come back again with an offer in the summer.

The table toppers would strengthen their hand should they land the title and with Olivier Giroud carrying the burden of the attack, Suarez would greatly add to their options. The offer last summer may well look like peanuts by the start of next season.

2. Manchester City

No shortage of riches and no shortage of strikers either. No big money transfer can take place without the potential involvement of the blue half of Manchester, with Edin Dzeko a likely fall-guy if there was serious interest in the Liverpool front man.

The form of Alvaro Negredo and the fact Stevan Jovetic has seen little action so far would suggest that that the club may concentrate on strengthening their defensive options.

3. Real Madrid

The club most heavily linked with Suarez so far and when they pursue a player publicly, they generally get their man.

Figures of more than £100 million have been bandied about in light of the fee paid for Gareth Bale and while they have been more reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo for goals in recent season, he would carry more of a threat than that Karim Benzema.

4. Juventus

The Italian giants have been tentatively linked with the Uruguayan and would follow on from Premier League raids involving Carlos Tevez and Paul Pogba.

The Old Lady have the financial clout to offer Suarez an attractive package and there have been suggestions that Liverpool target Claudio Marchisio could be used as a make-weight in a deal along with Leonardo Bonucci.

A long shot as they have struggled in the Champions League, failing to make it past the group stages this year, though they currently lead the way domestically.

5. Paris Saint Germain

The free-spending French outfit have been making strides over the past few years thanks to the investment from Qatar Investment Authority and their forward unit already boasts Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

With the likes of Thiago Motta, Alex, and Javier Pastore in their ranks they have become a more formidable outfit on the European stage as they showed against Barcelona last season when they were knocked out on the away goals rule.

Similar to Juventus, may not be as attractive a proposition from a silverware point of view as some of the other clubs suggested, but a realistic possibility nonetheless.

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