Wow! We’re just six months into his Barcelona career, and there are already reports that Luis Suarez’s head may be on the block at the Nou Camp. The Uruguayan’s £75m switch, and a certain incident at the World Cup, were the major talking points of the summer off the pitch, as ‘El Pistolero’ ditched Anfield for a dream move to Barca… which has proven to be more of a nightmare so far.
Okay, Suarez hasn’t been a complete flop in the red and blue shirt, but with the Catalans struggling and the controversial striker having only netted three goals – one in the league – there are suggestions that he could be made the ‘fall guy’ for the club’s failings. Naturally, Premier League teams have been the first to be linked with last year’s 31-goal star, but which side could realistically nab him?
With Suarez’s love for Anfield well known and his status among Kopites still high following his heroics last season, Liverpool are a name in the mix for their former idol. Realistically any deal would be tricky given the vast funds needed, and the club would only be able to bankroll such a swoop if they get back into the top four… which is by no means a certainty at this stage.
Replacing Steven Gerard’s influence when he jets off to join the LA Galaxy is something the club must address, so owners Fenway Sports Group may decide that a big fee for Suarez could be worth the risk.
Suarez came very, very, very close to joining Arsenal in 2013. The Gunners wanted the striker and the striker wanted the move, yet Liverpool dug their heels in and stopped the South American from joining a direct rival. Much has changed in between times for both the player and the north London club, but there are suggestions that Arsenal may be in the hunt should Suarez move on.
With the Emirates Stadium debt no longer a major issue, funds are in place for big additions, and they don’t come much bigger than a player of the forward’s reputation and ability. Champions League football, however, is a must.
Now this one would be a stunner. Although most sets of supporters loathe Suarez, lots of United fans have a special level of hatred for the 27-year-old after his clash with Patrice Evra. However, the Red Devils have been mentioned as potential candidates for their great rivals’ former star, who would be a major coup for them, regardless of the history.
The ‘Galactico’ era at United is set to see major stars arrive for massive fees, and Suarez certainly matches both the criteria. Gareth Bale of Real Madrid appears to be the top target, but should he elect to stay in Spain, everyone’s ‘favourite’ buck-toothed hit-man may be an option.
When a big name player for a big fee is available, Man City are normally in the mix. And this sage is no different, with the Sky Blues’ name already being talked about. So, would it make sense? Yes. City’s attack has been depleted to the degree that James Milner has been used as a ‘false nine’ for much of the past few weeks, with Sergio Aguero having been injured.
Wilfried Bony of Swansea looks set for a £30m move, but to battle for all the top prizes – which a club of City’s financial muscle should be aiming to do – depth and strength are needed. There’s also the little matter of Real Madrid chasing Aguero…
Diego Costa and Suarez could be the most hated striker force on the planet. Both excellent player, the duo’s antics and spikey characters may compliment each other, and the ex-Liverpool man’s fierce will to win seems ideally suited to Jose Mourinho’s own temperament.
Chelsea have the money to fund such a deal and are known to be looking for one more attacking star to slot into their set-up. Marco Reus is the top target, but Suarez may be a viable alternative.