Real Madrid are planning a swap deal for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. Spanish newspaper Sport believes the Santiago Bernabeu club will release youngsters Alvaro Morata and Jese Rodriguez to Anfield, to lower the Uruguayan's asking price. The report claims Madrid value the two youngsters at a combined €25m.
For his part, Suarez has confirmed his interest in a move to the nine-time European champions, blaming the English press for hounding him out of the Premier League. However, any move for the former Ajax star has still a long way to run, given European champions Bayern Munich retain a strong interest in his services. The Metro believes the Bavarians, who will be coached by former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola next season, will bid up to £40m to sign the 26-year-old goal scorer.
Meanwhile, as far as Madrid's reported offer is concerned, Morata and Rodriguez have yet to fully break into the nine-time European champions' first team. However, the former has 12 La Liga appearances this season, including five starts, two goals and an assist.
The two have been impressive for Real Madrid Castilla though, with 32 goals between them. Of the two, Rodriguez has been in superb form, with 21 strikes to his name.
Rodriguez is reportedly valued very highly by Madrid chiefs. The 20-year-old interested Arsenal last summer and the Spanish club responded by placing a €40m release clause in his contract. Goal.com believes that in addition to the Gunners, Manchester City and Portuguese club Benfica have been tracking the youngster.
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Meanwhile, Suarez, who is presently preparing for an international friendly against France, has admitted he may not be able to refuse an offer from Madrid.
"I've talked to my agent, there's nothing concrete. I have a contract with Liverpool [but] to say no to Madrid would always be difficult and more so with the team they have. There are a lot of rumours in the transfer period, but you never know until firm offers are made," Suarez explained.
"I suffered too much as a kid to get where I am to be attacked unfairly by the English press. They haven't appreciated me as a player, they've just judged my attitude," he added.
Madrid have had a troubled season themselves. Jose Mourinho failed to defend the league championship from last season, was knocked out of the semi final of the Champions League yet again and conceded a first defeat in 14 years to local rivals Atlético Madrid, in the final of the Copa del Rey moreover.
The Portuguese will leave the Bernabeu this summer and will probably be followed by a number of first team players, as Florentino Perez looks to revamp his side ahead of the new season. Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain will be one of those leaving the club and his place will likely be filled by Suarez.