‘Liverpool won’t get anywhere near £100m for Luis Suárez’
Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson believes the Reds won't get Gareth Bale-type money for want-away Luis Suárez
Mark Lawrenson believes Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wasn’t “wise” to compare Luis Suárez to Real Madrid target Gareth Bale.
On Saturday, the Reds boss dismissed Arsenal’s £40,000,001 offer for the Uruguay international, insisting the 26-year-old is worth much more if Madrid are willing to pay £100m for Bale.
Earlier this week, Suárez reiterated his desire to leave the Merseyside outfit, prompting Rodgers to reiterate the club won’t sell the forward unless their valuation is met.
But Lawrenson reckons his former club won’t get anywhere near Los Blancos’ touted offer for Bale, although the ex-Reds defender does believe Suárez is worth more than £40m.
“The problem now is Suárez is dominating almost everything Liverpool are doing. The speculation will continue, and Rodgers doesn’t need that as he prepares for the new season,” Lawrenson wrote in the Liverpool Daily Post.
“Arsenal have upset Rodgers with their attempts to sign Suárez – especially that infamous £40,000,001 bid – but I’m not sure he was wise to compare Suárez to Gareth Bale.
“Bale’s supposed £100million price tag might be daft, but if Real Madrid want to pay it then that’s their business.
“Liverpool won’t get anywhere near £100m for Suárez. But, if they are going to sell, it should be for a lot more than £40m, clause or no clause.
“They’d be wise not to mention a fee and just keep their counsel until Arsenal or another team begins to tempt them with a big enough offer. Every player has a price.
“Rodgers reckons Arsenal are playing a game, and he’s right. But Liverpool are playing a game too, no different to any other transfer battle.”