Reported offer of Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain as a replacement plus £10million is unlikely to impress anyone at Anfield
Liverpool are bracing themselves for Real Madrid to launch a move this week for Luis Suarez.
Spanish giants Real have been linked with Uruguay striker Suarez for most of the summer.
Now, the Reds are prepared to finally receive the formal bid they know is coming – the indications in Spain are that it will finally arrive in the next few days.
Sources close to Real are hinting the Bernabeu outfit are ready to offer striker Gonzalo Higuain – who, not co-incidentally is a long-term target for Arsenal, who are also being linked with Suarez – plus around £10million in cash.
Liverpool, who have no serious interest in Argentina international Higuain, will turn such a proposal down flat and immediately insist Suarez is not for sale unless a) any interested clubs activate the £40m exit clause in his contract, and b) the player submits an official transfer request.
But the opening gambit from Real, which could arrive as early as Tuesday, is seen both as an initial testing of the waters and as a shot across the bows of Arsenal, who have muddied the waters in recent days with their own apparent interest in Suarez.
The Gunners are still in for Higuain, who they value at around £20million, but have been unable to seal a deal.
The leak of their interest in Suarez is seen by many as a way of pressuring Real to reduce Higuain’s price.
Real though, have responded in typical fashion by indicating they are ready to sell Higuain elsewhere – and their imminent formal offer for Suarez will send out a clear message to the north Londoners.
Liverpool, for their part, will insist Suarez remains an Anfield player…and they will only – reluctantly – do business if that contract clause is activated.
Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is ready to take the situation to the end of the transfer window in the hope he can deter any £40m-plus bids for Suarez and keep the player but, realistically, he knows Real are likely to meet the figure late in August.