Tottenham Hotspur could replace Gareth Bale with Liverpool forward Luis Suarez if the Wales international moves to Real Madrid, the
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has insisted that Bale is not for sale but could be tempted by an offer in the region of £100m, substantially higher than the fee Madrid paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009. Levy would then use that money to pay Liverpool’s £55m asking price for Suarez, in an effort to prove Tottenham are not a selling club and signal his ambition for the team.
Arsenal have led the way in the pursuit of Suarez this summer but have been unable to agree a fee with their Premier League rivals, offering £1 over £40m in the hopes of triggering a release clause in Suarez’s contract, but the wording of the clause enabled Liverpool to reject the offer.
Tottenham have been encouraged by Suarez’s willingness to consider a move to the Gunners, however, despite having originally claimed to want to leave English football altogether. Nevertheless it is felt that with Tottenham unable to offer Champions League football – much like Suarez’s current employers – he would take some convincing to move to White Hart Lane.
Spurs have long held an interest in Suarez, however – Levy pushed for former manager Harry Redknapp to sign the Uruguayan from Ajax before Liverpool stepped in. Levy has not lessened his admiration for Suarez since then either, with Levy impressed at how quickly Suarez has adapted to the Premier League.
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