According to claims in Italian news publication Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus and Arsenal target, striker Gonzalo Higuain will not be sold until Real Madrid have acquired a suitable replacement.
The Uruguayan forward has been a constant source of controversy since his arrival in the Premier League in 2011 from Ajax. He has, however, been one of the most exciting, efficient and effective goal scorers in England and the Reds are reluctant to let him leave.
According to reports in recent weeks Real Madrid are prepared to pay up to £50 million to bring him to the Spanish capital after a disappointing season under Jose Mourinho.
Liverpool and their fans may now realise that Suarez is effectively engineering his own departure from the club and, if Real Madrid are willing to pay big money for their star striker, they may do well to let him have his wish.
Arsenal will certainly be hoping for that eventuality as, it appears, their own quest to bring in a quality forward depends on Liverpool’s resolve over Suarez. Any deal taking Higuain to the Emirates this summer will only go ahead once Real Madrid have secured an adequate replacement for the Argentine striker.
They are, of course, also heavily interested in Tottenham’s Gareth Bale who is understood to be their primary transfer target this summer but they will require the services of a top striker if they intend to genuinely challenge Barcelona for the La Liga title next term – especially given that the Catalans have just unveiled Neymar as their marquee summer signing.
Suarez was linked in recent months with a potential move to European champions Bayern Munich who have, incidentally, been warned their top target Robert Lewandowski will not be allowed to join a Bundesliga rival by Borussia Dortmund.
This could complicate Real Madrid’s pursuit of Suarez and, indirectly, complicated Arsenal’s pursuit of Higuain, simultaneously – if Bayern can’t have Lewandowski, Suarez will surely be prioritized and Real Madrid may lose out.
As I outlined earlier this week, the transfer market this summer is shaping up to be a game of ‘musical chairs’ involving the continent’s top strikers – in this instance it seems more comparable to a property chain – Higuain can’t move out until Suarez moves in.
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