Real Madrid appear to be stepping up their attempts to boost their attacking options for next season. With the eventful, but ultimately unsuccessful, Jose Mourinho era at the Bernabeu coming to an end, there looks set to be significant changes to the Madrid squad this summer. And with general manager Jose Angel Sanchez recently revealing that Gonzalo Higuain will be leaving the club and reports too that Angel di Maria could be on his way out, it is in attack where the club’s recruitment priorities would appear to lie.
A number of options are being explored, but Madrid appear to have made greatest progress in pursuit of Luis Suarez. Talk of a move for the Liverpool forward has intensified with the Uruguayan revealing that he would be open to a move to the Bernabeu.
"There is nothing concrete but it will always be difficult to say no to Real Madrid," he told Uruguayan radio station Radio Sport 890. "I love Liverpool, but if there's any chance to play elsewhere? I've suffered a lot from when I was a kid for some English journalists to be criticizing me in an unfair manner only for my attitudes and not as a player."
Suarez’s agent has since said that the player would be happy to remain at Anfield. Yet, Marca has reported that there is already an agreement in place between Suarez and Madrid. With the former Ajax man believed to have a buyout clause of £40 million (£34.3m), there would appear to be little that Liverpool could do to prevent their star man from exiting.
But Madrid may yet be weighing up alternatives, with reports that Suarez’s Uruguay teammate Edinson Cavani is among the names being considered. The Napoli striker finished as top scorer in Serie A this season with 29 goals. He would be even costlier than Suarez, however, given Napoli are unlikely to allow the player to leave for less than his €63 million (£54m) buyout clause.
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Cavani has recently said that it would be a “dream” to play for either Real Madrid or Barcelona but there is likely to be strong competition for the striker with strong interest reportedly coming from Manchester City and Chelsea.
According to Marca, Madrid have already held discussions with Manchester City about their forward Carlos Tevez. The report states that Los Blancos were told that City would be open to selling the Argentina international, with the Premier League side interested in Angel di Maria and Pepe in exchange.
The future of Di Maria could well depend on the success of Madrid’s pursuit of Gareth Bale. Long-term suitors of the Tottenham forward, Madrid are intensifying their interest following a sensational season by the Welshman. Los Merengues’ president Florentino Perez has claimed that Bale was “born to play for Real Madrid.” And Bale would appear to be interested in a move too.
"If Florentino is interested in Gareth Bale, it would be an honor and we'd listen," Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett said. "But his contract is with Tottenham. We aren't free to talk with anybody at the moment, that's the point we're at.
"I can understand a lot of teams are interested in him. He's a great player but he has a contract with Tottenham. I don't know if there has been a bid [from Real]. What I do know is that the player has three years left on his contract."
Tottenham are desperate to keep the 23-year-old and are believed to be offering him an improved contract to try and persuade him to stay, despite the club having missed out on Champions League qualification.