Liverpool: wanted by Real Madrid, Luis Suarez signs for Manchester City and learns German
TALKING Balls: Anorak’s look a transfer speculation in the news. Today we look at Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s past week. This is Suarez, the skilful player billed in the British Press as being essentially low-minded and very foreign. He does things that no British gentleman would ever do (unless you’re Jermain Defoe, Gareth Bale or, as is alleged, John Terry). Now read on….
Daily Star: “JAN MOLBY: LIVERPOOL SHOULD LET LUIS SUAREZ GO”
Molby, 49, said: “Liverpool are preparing for life without Suarez. “It is just a question of getting as much as they can for him. I think Suarez is very keen on moving to Real Madrid.”
Molby thinks Suarez is keen on Madrid. That would be Suarez who said he would “give my soul in every match” for Real and:
A player always aspires to the top, and Madrid are always one of the highest ambitions for any footballer. Every player would love to get to the absolute top and Real Madrid is it.
He also said:
“I don’t feel comfortable here anymore. They know it, so I think it is understandable that I leave.”
So. Will Suarez be missed?
Daily Express: “LUIS SUAREZ is the best player ever to have worn the red shirt of Liverpool, according to Anfield old boy Craig Johnson.”
This is what Johnson told The Australian:
“I know it will be controversial and cause a bit of a scene, but it is my opinion … Suarez is the best player to have ever worn a Liverpool shirt. My great hope, and for the sake of (manager) Brendan Rodgers and the club, is that the Liverpool owners do everything possible to keep Suarez. He is something very, very special. My assessment is based on what he brings to the team. He gets 5 per cent more out of the other players whenever he is on the field. Look at the contrast between him and Torres, who I call ‘the incredible sulk’. He was supposed to be our Golden Boy but he carried on like he never wanted to be there and like the other players were beneath him, like, ‘I’m not going to run for the ball because I’ve got blond hair and I’m too pretty and I’m a superstar’. When Kenny Dalglish came in, he got rid of him and brought in a guy who was animalistic about getting at the ball, winning it, going for goal and then trying to score or set up a teammate. It was the most amazing transformation of a football team I have seen in my life.”
“You cannot be racist, you cannot bite people,” he said. “What he did was unforgivable. But the people who crucified him have to understand the passion of the guy and his determination to help Liverpool win. Nobody has ever played with such passion and desire in English football, let alone for Liverpool. If we lose him, I think we’re in trouble.”
The Sun: “Keep calm and Carra on – Jamie reckons Kop can keep Suarez”
Says Jamie Carragher:
“I think he might stay. Some big clubs will be interested in him because he is such a top player and that is something we have to accept. We can’t complain about that, we bought him off Ajax. He signed a contract last summer and he has a few years left and hopefully we can keep him. He is very important. He was probably the best player in the Premier League last season and you want to be keeping your best players, which is what he is.”
Suarez has become a kind of poster-boy for the amoral world of professional football with his shameless indifference to the support received within Anfield…
That would be Suarez who said on June 12:
“Liverpool is a club that I dreamt about playing for as a boy. I have been with great players there, they know me and I would love to continue for many more years at Liverpool. The stadium is spectacular, the fans are phenomenal: people with tattoos of me, things that I could never have imagined. After the [Evra] suspension people would come up to me, this is something that really touched me and they would say: “Luis forget everything and stay.”
Suarez might not be to everyone’s tastes, but that the media should want to portray him as just as a panto villain is lamentable.
Metro: “Liverpool target £8million David Villa to replace want-away Luis Suarez”
Daily Express: “Liverpool to hold emergency talks with Luis Suarez over secret meeting with Real Madrid”
Spanish paper Marca, who share a close relationship with Madrid, reported that were secret negotiations were taking place in which issues such as wages were discussed.
The Express also says Suarez is for sale:
Liverpool have set a £40m asking price for the controversial 26-year-old, and Bayern Munich were also believed to be potential suitors.
Not quite. The £40m is from a clause in his contract. It’s not an asking price. It’s a price at which he could be allowed to leave the club.
Telegraph: “Liverpool furious over reports claiming Luis Suárez has agreed terms with Real Madrid – Liverpool will seek urgent talks with striker Luis Suárez to assess whether he is in breach of contract following claims from Spain he has agreed personal terms with Real Madrid”
Liverpool have still not received a transfer request from Suárez, who has three years remaining on his contract, or a bid and remain adamant he is not for sale.
So. Where does the rumour come from? Marca, apparently.
Marca: “Real Madrid agrees terms with Luis Suárez”
Real Madrid has reached an agreement with the Uruguay striker Luis Suárez to play for ‘Los Blancos’ next season, reports the ‘Daily Star’. The prolific goalscorer has expressed his desire to leave Liverpool and is said to have agreed terms with Real.
According to the ‘Daily Star’, “The Liverpool striker has agreed personal terms with Real, who are confident they can sign him for less than his estimated £40m buy-out clause (€47 million).” Luis Suárez has received offers from Italy but wants to go to Real, and his agent Pere Guardiola is working hard on closing the deal.
The story rooted in not a single named source takes on a life of its own:
Daily Mail: “Hands off! Liverpool refuse to budge over Suarez amid claims that striker has agreed personal terms with Real”
Influential Spanish paper Marca, renowned for its close links with the Bernabeu, has reported that Suarez has settled on personal terms with Real and even insisted the unsettled Liverpool striker has received other offers that he will consider, should the La Liga club continue to dither over following up with a firm £40million-plus bid. But the English club are in no mood to back down and seem adamant Suarez will have to force the issue by submitting an official transfer request.
That would influential Marca that quoted its source as the Daily Star?
LUIS SUAREZ moved a step closer to Real Madrid last night after they appointed Carlo Ancelotti as boss.
Italian Ancelotti will be unveiled today and he wants Suarez to join him at the Bernabeu because he sees him as a cheaper option than Edinson Cavani.
It is understood the Liverpool striker has agreed personal terms with Real, who are confident they can sign him for less than his estimated £40m buy-out clause.
Suarez has offers from Italy but wants to go to Madrid, and his agent Pere Guardiola is working to get the deal done.
After that cycle of hunches, let’s hear it for a site that makes one plus one equal £40m:
GiveMeSport: “Liverpool news: Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola hopes to steal Luis Suarez from under the noses of Real Madrid:
What has the insider heard?
Guardiola may have reason to feel confident on Suarez’s capture, as brother Pere Guardiola is the Uruguayan’s agent, and Pep will be hoping that he will play a key role in bringing the forward to the champions of Europe.
And that’s it.
Fanatix: “Liverpool striker Luis Suarez refuses to rule out move to Brazil”
When asked by Brazilian media outlet GloboEsporte if he would consider moving to the country in the future, the forward replied: “If I ever have the chance to play in Brazil like [Diego] Lugano, [Carlos] Tevez and [Javier] Mascherano, it would be very good.
“I don’t rule out the possibility. It is a country of great players and where foreigners now go to play not only at the end of their career. Now they’re going there young, at 28, 29 years, because the level of football is very good.”
He can be gracious, can Luis.
Sky Sports: “Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is optimistic Luis Suarez will stay”
“It’s quite simple, the club is in complete control of the situation,” Rodgers told Talksport when asked about Suarez, who is currently on international duty at the Confederations Cup in Brazil. 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. 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…
“Sometimes interviews get put out there and highlighted but parts of Luis’ interviews have been about how much he loves Liverpool, but of course that doesn’t get highlighted. It’s something that happens. I’m quite relaxed about it. What I know is that the support Luis has had from the people here in Liverpool, the city and the football club, has been phenomenal and I know he feels that and respects that.”
For sure. When he said he would give his soul for Madrid, Suarez also said:
“I’d give my soul in every match as I do every time I set foot on the pitch, be that for Uruguay, Ajax or Liverpool. I never hold anything back…
A player always aspires to the top, and Madrid are always one of the highest ambitions for any footballer. Every player would love to get to the absolute top and Real Madrid is it. But, do you know what it is like to represent Liverpool?
It makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck to think about it… It is a big club on a global level, but we didn’t qualify for the Champions League nor did we fight for the Premier League, which is where the club has to be. And the club knows that I have suffered and struggled with what I have had in the Press.
Caught Offside: Saurez is wanted by Chelsea.
Daily Express: “MANCHESTER CITY could launch a surprise £35million bid for Liverpool’s want-away striker Luis Suarez.”
They could. And, then again, they could not.
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