Gareth Bale’s world record transfer to Real Madrid edges closer with every tick of the clock and the news should please the bigwigs at Liverpool who can rest easy that at least one Luis Suarez suitor will be no more.
With Madrid President Florentino Perez reportedly set to wire £105m into Tottenham’s account for the services of Bale it looks increasingly likely that the inventor of the Galactico won’t be parting with any dough for the Uruguayan striker.
Although Perez isn’t completely immune to whopping summer shopping sprees – something he embarked on during 2009’s sunnier months when bringing in Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso for a total spend estimated to be £194.5m – the fact that he’s already splurged £23m on Malaga’s Isco and £34m on Asier Illarramendi means the £50m Liverpool are demanding for their bitey pest of a front man is one hefty cheque too far.
Indeed the market on where Suarez will be after this summer’s window matches the thinking that Real Madrid are an unlikely landing destination, with the Spanish giants rated as 7/2 third favourites to sign the striker.
Instead it leaves sulking Suarez with two possible options, according to the betting, with both involving English clubs. If the Uruguayan is set on a move away from Anfield for Champions League football then Arsenal seem his only option, with 11/8 available on the Gunners getting their man.
But with Arsene Wenger’s stingy reputation still firmly intact having missed out on summer targets Gonzalo Higuain and Stevan Jovetic, and 20-year-old freebie Yaya Sanogo the only new arrival at the Emirates, it seems that matching Liverpool’s lofty asking rate for their now only transfer target is a bit of a stretch.
Instead, Liverpool can be backed as 4/5 favourites to keep their man past the summer window and, with Steven Gerrard joining the chorus of Reds employees urging their star man to stay, it looks progressively realistic that he’ll get his wish.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date.