It’s hard to truly peg the value of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, but La Liga giants Real Madrid are reportedly toying with a £100 million shock move.
All told, the Uruguayan responsible for a Premier League-best 29 goals and 11 assists this season has the Reds near the precipice of their first English league title in more than two decades, yet Los Blancos officials appear set on re-igniting speculation as to where the 27-year-old will play next season.
Liverpool and boss Brendan Rodgers might find it difficult to turn down what would be a new world-record transfer fee. According to TuttoSport, Madrid are apparently contemplating payment of the £100 million valuation Rodgers applied to his superstar striker last month.
Last summer, Los Blancos plucked winger Gareth Bale from Tottenham for the current record £86 million fee, the results of which haven’t necessarily proven as funds well spent.
Suarez had Merseyside officials on pins and needles last summer, as he was reportedly pushing for a move due to the Reds lack of competition in the world’s top tournaments. Now Liverpool are essentially assured of Champions League play next season, and with six matches remaining in the EPL they hold a two-point lead over slipping Chelsea.
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With the Reds winning and Suarez under contract until 2018, Madrid will have to pry open their purse if they truly want him at the Bernabeu. Also keep in mind Liverpool officials were already prepared to give Rodgers £60 million to spend this summer, but that amount would nearly triple with a sale of Suarez.
In other news, Liverpool is hoping to not only retain their best player but bring him reinforcements, starting with FC Nurnberg striker Josip Drmic.
The 21-year-old Swiss skyrocketed atop the wish lists of many top European clubs following his 16 goals in 27 appearances in Bundesliga this season. As reported by Daily Star, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen are hoping to keep Drmic in Germany, but both Arsenal and Liverpool are willing to offer as much as £8 million for his services.
The fee could be a bargain for a player expected to lead Switzerland deep into this summer’s World Cup tournament. A stellar performance in Brazil could puff up Drmic’s value and take many clubs out of the running afterwards.
Staying in Germany, Rodgers also has his eyes on Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, according to Bild. Once again staring down Manchester United for a player’s rights, Liverpool are keen on the 25-year-old who spent one season in England with Manchester City back in 2010-11.
Boateng only made 16 appearances for City, and returned to Germany with Bundesliga’s top club Munich. For the last three years Boateng’s made 75 appearances and scored three goals while helping Munich capture Champions League last year and helping to put them in contention once again this season.
Another play for a top young defender comes in the form of Southampton’s 24-year-old Dejan Lovren, according to Daily Mirror. A target of the Reds last year before the Saints undermined with a £8.5 million deal with Ligue 1’s Lyon, Lovren has made 25 appearances this season.
Southampton may already have to fend off Madrid’s advances for 18-year-old defender Luke Shaw, so it appears unlikely they would part with Lovren as well.