Liverpool are already planning for life without star striker Luis Suarez according to one report this morning, leading bwin to take bets on whether the Uruguayan will be at Anfield after the summer transfer window.
The controversial forward, currently serving a ten match suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, has enjoyed a chequered career since joining Liverpool in January 2011 from Ajax in a £22.5million deal. Brilliant performances, incredible goals and trouble with authority have all been par for the course during his two-and-a-half year stay in England.
Yet his misdemeanours, which include an eight match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, have seemingly not deterred potential suitors, who are more interested in his 23 Premier League goals than the more unsavoury aspects of his character.
As such, bwin has priced it up at 17/20 that Suarez is no longer a Liverpool player on 1st September 2013.
Guillem Balague, the renowned and respected Spanish football journalist, claimed this morning via Twitter that as many as four clubs were looking at Suarez and that, should he decide to leave Liverpool, who cannot offer Champions League football after a seventh place finish in this year’s Premier League, the club would be unable to stand in his way.
Real Madrid, city rivals Atletico, Juventus and even Chelsea are all interested in singing the £40 milion rated hitman according to Balague, who wrote: “Liverpool Football Club are resigned to lose Luis Suarez and are preparing life without him. They are aware of the interest from top clubs in Europe and Liverpool feel they have done as much as they can to convince him to stay, and everything is now in the player’s court.
“He expects the progression of the team will take them to the top four at some point but he has heard there are clubs like Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus (he is preferred to Higuain), even Chelsea that have shown interest. No offer on the table yet but there will be more than one put during the summer.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre have constantly reiterated that Suarez is happy at the club and it not for sale, and if you believe the club’s stance then you can bet that Suarez will still be at Anfield on 1st September 2013 at the same 17/20 price.