Today’s unveiling of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid could be a significant moment for the future of Luis Suarez at Liverpool as the Italian manager may push for the Uruguayan as an alternative to international team mate Edison Cavani.
It is being reported that Suarez has already agreed terms with the La Liga side and should Ancelotti give the all clear the Liverpool player will replace Cavani as the club’s number one target.
Cavani is the subject of a number of bids from Madrid and former boss Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea but club bosses are unwilling to match Napoli’s £54million release clause and see Suarez as a cheaper option as they feel he would be available for less than his reported £40million release.
Brendan Rodgers moved recently to say that the Merseysiders are in the driving seat regarding Suarez’s future but it is being reported that his agent Pere Guardiola has agreed with the striker that Madrid is his chosen destination and is working on putting a deal together.
“It’s quite simple, the club is in complete control of the situation. I will always listen to players. I always work closely with players and always listen to their point of view but the biggest word is with the club,” Rodgers said yesterday.
“We’re in a situation where we’ve got a player who we don’t want to lose. We’re trying to build something here and he’s a very important part of that and because of the type of player he is, he will always give his best.”
If Madrid do shift their focus to Suarez though the club may struggle to maintain control of the player has he has already spoken about his frustration at the level of scrutiny his actions have come under since playing in the Premier League and would likely submit a written transfer request if Madrid pushed for it.
Suarez is also the subject of bids from Italy but has made no secret his desire to join up with Madrid.
Liverpool have already completed the signings of goalkeeper Simon Mingolet, defender Kolo Toure and attacking players Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas and Sevilla’s Luis Alberto suggesting that Rodgers is already preparing for a new look strikeforce next season.