Spanish paper Mundo Atlético have got their fans excited this Friday splashing their front cover with a picture of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez together with the self-explanatory headline “Favorito”.
The transfer gossip is very simple. Should the Rojiblancos sell Radamel Falcao this summer, then Atleti will focus their energies in trying to prise Luis Suarez from Anfield.
This story breaks down into two parts, beginning with the departure of Falcao.
Whilst Atletico would clearly love to retain their world class Colombian centre-forward, the underlying notion of Mundo Atlético’s front cover is that Falcao is set to leave the Vicente Calderon this summer.
Looking to soften the blow of Falcao’s imminent departure, the second half of the story is focused on convincing readers that Suarez would swap Merseyside for Madrid.
Mundo Atlético go about this by claiming that whilst Suarez is happy at Liverpool, the truth remains that the Reds are unlikely to win the Premier League or any European silverware any time soon. On the flipside, say the paper, Atlético are ready to become winners both domestically and in the Champions League.
Moreover, Mundo Atlético report that coach Diego Simone has already contacted Liverpool about Suarez’s availability, and the Argentine has been encouraged that Suarez “would be happy to play at Atletico Madrid with Simeone as coach and play in the Spanish championship with the best players in the world.”
The paper ends off by predicting that Atletico Madrid will be joined by Bayern Munich and Manchester United in the race for Suarez’s signature.
Somewhat ironically, the Mundo Atlético story came ut on the same day as English papers were gushing over Luis Suarez following his pay raise at Liverpool in the past few days.
Suarez has scored 49 goals in 90 appearances for Liverpool.