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Liverpool should consider Arsenal’s Suarez bid?

Ask anyone and they will tell you that Luis Suarez is undoubtedly Liverpool’s star player. His unique ability to find the net from a seemingly impossible angle or to fashion a chance for a team mate where nothing looks possible sets him above not only his Liverpool colleagues, but above most of the Premier League. It therefore comes as no surprise that Liverpool have set a high premium for his signature. But is demanding in excess of £40 million realistic?

Speaking after Suarez made his long awaited return to the pitch for Liverpool in their friendly victory over Melbourne Victory, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers was keen to remind Suarez of the loyalty and support the club and fans have given him throughout  various imperfections which have marred an otherwise highly successful Liverpool career. Unfortunately for Rodgers, it appears that Suarez still wants to swap ships; his desire for Champions League football overriding his loyalty to the club.

With Suarez’ mind seemingly elsewhere, apparently seeking Arsenal talks, Liverpool must now consider what to do with their prized asset. It appears Liverpool is holding out for a sum of somewhere in excess of £50 million (DNAIndia). You can understand why they are seeking such a figure, given Suarez’ world class abilities on the pitch. Additionally, it would match the fee paid by Chelsea for former Kop hero Fernando Torres in 2011, not to mention be similar to the fee paid by mega-rich PSG for fellow Uruguayan Edinson Cavani. However it is unlikely that Arsenal will match this fee.

There are a minority of Liverpool fans, myself included, who feel that Fernando Torres, when he was at Liverpool, was a much better player than Luis Suarez. Torres was a more complete finisher and had less off-field problems for a future employer to be concerned about. As for comparisons with Cavani, PSG are extremely wealthy and were always going to pay a high premium. Unless a mega rich team shows an interest in Suarez, such as PSG, Monaco or Manchester City, then a £50 million fee seems unrealistic.

It therefore remains to be seen what will happen with the seemingly never ending Suarez saga. It is still unclear what Real Madrid’s interest in the forward is, although it’s becoming apparent that their main summer target is Gareth Bale. If Madrid is out of the Suarez race, Liverpool may be forced to sell their best player to a rival, and should consider Arsenal’s offer and cash in on their want away star.

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