Liverpool still believe that Real Madrid WILL make a move for Luis Suarez, and are likely to employ similar tactics to those adopted to capture Michael Owen from Anfield in 2004, reports The
Real waited until late in August before making their move for Owen after a summer of speculation, and ended up capturing the Liverpool star for around £7m.
With Suarez due to serve another six games of his 10-game suspension – a sanction that would apply even if he left for Spain – Madrid are thought to be in no rush to complete the deal.
The later they make their move, the less they would also be forced to pay in wages, which would need to be in excess of the £120k per week he currently earns at Anfield.
Liverpool, however, believe that this time they are operating from a position of strength rather than being held to ransom, and will not be forced into a deal which undervalues their position.
An insider from the club said: “Everyone here remembers how Real behaved in 2004, when they came in with a very late bid for Michael Owen after a summer of constant speculation. They got the player for £7m, which was a fraction of his real value.
“The difference is that Michael only had one year left on his contact while Luis has three. This time we feel we are negotiating from a position of strength rather than weakness, and the £40m clause in Luis’ contract would only give a club the right to speak to him.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers also weighed in, saying: “The club is in complete control of the situation. Luis is away with the Uruguay squad at the moment and we’re messaging him.”
These tactics could prove risky, however, with the likes of Napoli also reported to be interested in the Uruguay international. An earlier move from former Liverpool boss – and Napoli incumbent – Rafa Benitez could jeopardise Real’s plans to land the striker.
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