Liverpool will “move heaven and earth” in their attempts to keep Luis Suarez, according to The Times‘ football editor Tony Evans.
Evans was talking to radio station TalkSport on Saturday, discussing the futures of Everton players Fellaini and Baines and Suarez’s situation at Liverpool.
Asked about Suarez leaving and incoming Iago Aspas being a sign of that, Evans admitted:
“It does look that way. For a long time Suarez looked as if he was keen to stay for at least another year, but, I think the straw that broke the camel’s back was the biting ban and now it seems he’s on his way.”
Luis Suarez is single handedly keeping the Liverpool transfer rumour mill in motion as the saga looks to run for some time yet this summer.
Evans though believes the owners will attempt to keep their star asset, but if forced to sell they will invest in quality replacements:
“Liverpool will move heaven and earth to keep him. The ownership are very keen not to be seen as a selling club and this is an unusual situation where circumstances may force it, so they’ll try and spend the money and get quality players in.”
“They will spend a lot of money this summer.”
Evans also explained Liverpool’s attempts to lower the wage bill this summer and their desire to add some leaders to their squad, rather than solely relying on younger players.
Reports in the past week suggest Liverpool will be looking for a fee around the £50m mark for Suarez.
Should they get such a price, added with other sales such as Andy Carroll and likely departures of Stewart Downing, Jay Spearing and Martin Skrtel, plus an expected £20m-£25m kitty, Rodgers could easily have £100m to spend this summer.