Uruguayan inching nearer to an Anfield move?
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Kenny Dalglish said he was in the market for a marquee signing to lift Liverpool as Anfield officials attempt to agree a fee with Ajax for their captain and prolific goalscorer, Luis Suárez.
The Liverpool manager held further talks on potential recruits with the chairman, Tom Werner, and the principal owner, John W Henry, on Wednesday and the club’s hierarchy has confirmed money is available for major signings provided they believe the deal represents good value. Suárez, the Uruguay international who has scored 110 goals in 154 appearances for Ajax, is the first test of Fenway Sports Group’s ambitions in the transfer market as it endeavours to provide Fernando Torres with much-needed, proven support.
Ajax have informed Liverpool they want at least €25m (£21m) for a striker who turns 24 next week and is serving a seven-match suspension for biting an opponent. Their coach, Frank de Boer, is reluctant to lose his leading forward as he challenges for the title in his debut season but the Dutch club are also under financial pressure having posted losses of €21m for the 2009-10 season. Liverpool have proposed a fee closer to £18m and, with Suárez in favour of a move to Merseyside, are hopeful of reaching agreement with Ajax in this transfer window.
It does seem the chase is on and a deal may well be struck that would see the Uruguayan move to Anfield and whilst clearly Luis Suarez is well known for his handball and biting antics he is also very well known for scoring a shed load of goals in Holland.
Yes it’s the Eredivisie but we are talking about 110 goals in three and a half seasons. 110 goals! Liverpool are in need of more striking options and if the Merseyside club manages to land the Ajax man it would be a big display of the the new owners intentions to rescue the club from it’s current predicament.
Make no mistake Liverpool are only a defeat or two from being involved in a full blown relegation battle and whilst that may sound ridiculous considering the size of the club it is nonetheless a fact and no amount of previous triumphs will correct that fact.
Suarez looks like a player who will score goals anywhere and as such his Dutch employers are playing hard ball and they rightly want to get as much as they can for the 23 year old and a lot will depend on how much Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool’s owners, are willing to fight for his services and given that they are up against the clock in terms of the January transfer window, the next few days could be crucial.
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