According to the papers today, in an apparent bid to maintain their chase with Chelsea and Manchester United to the Premier League trophy, Manchester City plan to launch an audacious £40 million bid for Luis Suarez in the January transfer window.
In January of 2011, Liverpool paid a total of £24 million for the then Ajax maestro, and Suarez has since been plagued throughout the newspapers for the good, the bad and the ugly of his career. Through racism and diving allegations, the Uruguayan striker has shown a love for the 5-time European champions and a love of playing football. A transfer offer of £40 million may be too good to turn down for the Reds. Yet, manager Brendan Rodgers will have to ask himself, what other options does he have, with 2nd striker Fabio Borini out with a broken foot. Perhaps he can use the remaining budget to purchase new strikers for the coming season, despite the tough market that is the January transfer window.
Looking at it from the perspective of Manchester City, what value does a 5th world class striker offer to their squad? It’s a silly question to ask but surely, the quality of the forwards at their disposal is enough to maintain a dignified and strong chase to the title. Perhaps the problem for the champions lies deep within the heart of the defence with captain Vincent Kompany showing only a glimpse of his talents displayed last season.
But City manager Roberto Mancini allegedly wants to make a statement of intent as he looks to reinforce his position at the club, amid suggestions that he now needs to win the title again to keep his job.