Luis Suarez’s future looks set to dominate the transfer window for a second summer running, with fresh reports emerging over the weekend regarding interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Monday morning saw The Liverpool Echo report that Liverpool were unaware of supposed interest from the Spanish clubs, saying that “neither Suarez nor his representatives have given Liverpool any indication that he wants to quit Anfield” and “Liverpool believe they have done everything they possibly could to satisfy the prolific striker.”
That has been followed up by two more reports; one suggesting Liverpool are “confident” of Suarez remaining at Anfield; and another claiming Suarez wants to play for Barcelona.
The latter of those reports, the more worrying one for Liverpool fans, comes via Spanish football correspondent Guillem Balague. Barcelona “are trying to do all they can to get Suarez” he writes for Bleacher Report.
He writes of Suarez’s affection for Barcelona as a city, and similarly for his wife. Balague claims: “As well as a very important family decision, Suarez wants to be part of the rebuilding process taking place in Barcelona.”
Balague also suggests that Barcelona may offer Alex Sanchez, the Chilean forward who Liverpool have held talks over, and fellow forward Pedro in exchange to get the deal done.
Meanwhile, ESPNFC report how “Liverpool are not resigned to losing Suarez, who told manager Brendan Rodgers at the end of last season that he was committed to the club.”
Balbi (father-in-law Suarez): "Barça, Madrid? Doesn't matter which club in Spain. Out of respect for Liverpool, he wouldn't join EPL team."
— barcastuff (@barcastuff) June 23, 2014
Similar to The Liverpool Echo report, ESPNFC say Liverpool are though expecting bids for their 31-goal striker.
They claim that Suarez’s contract does include a release clause, the details of which are unknown.