Real Madrid are understood to have attempted to palm off French international striker Karim Benzema on several clubs already and his latest potential move could be to Liverpool as a makeweight in a deal for Luis Suarez.
However, there are a range of reasons why the Anfield club, who are 11/5 to win their humdinger of a Premier League clash with Arsenal on Saturday, are sure to pour cold water on the deal that is reportedly on the table.
The Daily Star understands Real’s proposed Suarez part-exchange package to be worth around £40m.
Arsenal’s offer of £40, 000,000.01 prompted Liverpool head honcho John W. Henry to wonder what the Gunners had been smoking when they attempted to trigger a vaguely understood clause within the Uruguayan’s contract in the summer.
Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani both fetched more than £50m for their selling clubs during that window and with Suarez on fire following his belated return to action it’s likely Liverpool would want an even higher sum for their man.
Benzema has managed more than 15 league goals in just one of his four full seasons at the Bernabeu.
Having played in at least 27 games in each of those campaigns the Frenchman has been afforded a decent amount of game time, yet he has failed to decisively nail down his starting berth.
Meanwhile the 2011/12 La Liga-winning campaign was the only one in which he topped 20 goals for Los Blancos.
If Liverpool are to let a man who has posted three hauls of 22 strikes or more in his last four full seasons at one club slip from their grip then it may take a more prolific hitman to entice them into doing so.
The Frenchman has operated as an orthodox number nine for the lion’s share of his top-level career.
Brendan Rodgers may have begun employing Luis Suarez alongside his ‘nine-and-a-half’ Daniel Sturridge but the fact that he is able to do so in an era of packed midfields and lone gunmen has much do with the Uruguayan’s unique qualities.
Suarez swarms around defences like a bee at a barbecue, going at teams from a bewildering panoply of angles, which dovetails brilliantly with Sturridge’s evolved centre-forward shtick.
Benzema lacks quite the same mobility as the man Real seek to replace him with and seems more of a direct competitor for the England international’s role than his potential foil.