June 25, 2013
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Likewise, it isn't keeping an unhappy player on the squad. With three years left on his Liverpool contract, Suarez will still give a strong effort knowing anything less will kill his market value and increase the likelihood of Liverpool forcing him to see out his contract at Anfield.
No, the worst-case scenario for Liverpool is that the club buckles in any transfer negotiations and secures a fee less than market value for Suarez. If the team's best player is going to be sold, he better bring back a small fortune to the club.
But it appears Real Madrid are set to play the long game in their interest for Suarez and make a late bid to drive down Suarez's cost. And for that reason, Liverpool must make it very clear to any and all suitors that they will not sell Luis Suarez once the Premier League season begins.
The Merseyside club are yet to receive an approach from Madrid about the want-away Uruguay striker and fear that the Spaniards will wait until the transfer window is about to close before launching a bid to get the player on the cheap.
With Suarez scheduled to miss the first six games of next season after being suspended for 10 games for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic—a ban that would still be enforced if he left the Premier League—Madrid are in no rush.
By making a move at the end of August, they could save on wages, which would need to be in excess of the £120,000-a-week he earns at Anfield.
And if they make a bid that is less than the £40 million buy-out clause in Suarez’s contract, the Spanish giants know Liverpool would have to decide whether they should accept the offer or keep an unhappy player.
Suarez scored 23 goals in the Premier League for Liverpool this season, 32.4 percent of the team's goals in league play. You don't give up a player that scored one-third of your goals for peanuts—that's for sure.
Yes, Suarez comes with his own baggage, and it's obvious his future isn't in Liverpool, as he's made plenty clear this summer. But he also knows he'll never end up on a major club making astronomical wages if his performances falter and he stops producing at an elite rate.
Even Suarez has to understand Liverpool's desire to squeeze every single penny possible out of his looming transfer. I hardly think he could protest to the club making it known publicly that it would be taking him off the market once the regular season began this year.
It will be a shame to see him go, especially after the rebuilding of Liverpool under second-year manager Brendan Rodgers seems to be headed on the right track. Having a scoring threat atop Rodgers' 4-3-3 system is a must, and Suarez seemed to be the perfect fit.
But all good things must come to an end, and it appears the end of Suarez in a Liverpool shirt will be this summer. So be it. But if the Reds are smart, they'll set a preseason deadline for any Suarez transfers.
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