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Why Last Summer’s Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez Transfer Sagas Are Not Comparable

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  1. yespage

    April 18, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    There is one thing to consider. Liverpool couldn’t replace Suarez. They could sell him, but not replace him. Liverpool wouldn’t be anywhere near top four without Suarez.

    • Brian

      April 19, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Clubs don’t sell their best players unless they have time to replace them. So if Liverpool had sold Suarez early in the summer then they could have bought a replacement. Only Arsenal made a bid and Liverpool were never going to sell to them anyway. Whether Liverpool would still be in the top 4 without Suarez is a question that is difficult to answer as we have no idea who the replacement would have been. Liverpool did do quite well without him at the beginning of the season when he was serving his ban.

      Spurs knew that Bale was leaving and a good idea of the price they were going to get which is why they spent the money before actually selling Bale.

  2. Steven H.

    April 17, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I agree that people forget that Bale wanted to move the season before and apparently there was an understanding that if Spurs didn’t get into the Champions League then he would be allowed to leave. He was always going to leave once Real Madrid made it known that they were serious about his services and made known of about how much they were willing to pay. The so-called saga behind Bale’s leaving was not real as both sides knew what the outcome was going to be. Bale was never going to remain at Spurs.

    Suarez did make it known, at the end of the summer, that he would not mind playing for a club in the Champions League and he mentioned Real Madrid. Liverpool did not receive any offers from any club abroad. Only Arsenal made an offer that was rejected. We will never know if Liverpool would have entertained the idea of letting Suarez go abroad had an offer been received. The only thing we know is that Liverpool were intent on not selling him to a rival EPL club.

  3. DavidSpur

    April 17, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Also, Bale went overseas and ‘Pool didn’t want to sell to an EPL rival.
    If the boot was on the other foot, Spurs would not have sold Bale to another EPL club, however, Liverpool might have sold Suarez if a realistic offer came from abroad.

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