Luis Suarez’s all-consuming headline addiction could finally push Liverpool to cut their losses on their prized asset this summer should a suitable bid be solicited.
If one is forthcoming then the Anfield transfer committee would be advised to take just about every leaf out of Southampton’s transfer playbook to maximise their revenues.
Here’s three of the St Mary’s outfit’s canniest bargaining tactics seen so far this summer as they prepare for a season in which they’re 3/5 to post a second successive top-ten Premier League finish.
Received an offer that’s too good to be true? Trouser the readies in a heartbeat.
If a top-flight rival offers you in excess of £4m for a 32-year-old striker it’s best not to dwell on discussions, lest the other party comes to their senses.
Rickie Lambert may have spearheaded their charge to the Promised Land from the depths of League One, but he was despatched without the minimum of delay when a sentimental and overly generous Liverpool came a knocking.
Aware that being haggled down is likely, start negotiations at a mind-boggling level.
The Daily Mail reported Southampton’s asking price for their 19-year-old full-back Luke Shaw is a cool £40m, more than Leeds received for Rio Ferdinand or AC Milan were given for Thiago Silva.
Given such a sky-high starting point, Manchester United’s crack squad of negotiators will struggle to drive the Saints down to a price anywhere near realistic, based upon Shaw’s past achievements.
Rather not lose a player? Up their value by £5m once a month.
Allowing Liverpool to pilfer Adam ‘Dalai’ Lallana this summer is far from ideal for the south coasters, for whom he is their leading attacking conduit.
As a result they’ve devised a shrewd negotiating tactic of raising the asking price for their academy product from a reported £20m in late April, to a £25m fee in late May.
With the Reds still keen despite a World Cup spent on the periphery of England affairs, the Saints have upped their valuation once more, this time to a cool £30m according to the Daily Express.