As I read these various “Suso leaving” reports that are flying in faster than a Hakan Çalhanoğlu cross, a frenzy of questions permeate regarding the future of Suso at AC Milan. What are his ultimate ambitions? Does he view Milan as a big club? Can Gennaro Gattuso sell Suso on his vision for the future, and will Suso even believe it?
That might be a tall order.
With teams such as Liverpool, Napoli, and Tottenham come knocking, you tend to take notice, especially with Champions League football in their future. One of those teams, if not all all/more, will activate the £35m release clause, which will put the ball in Suso’s court regarding his future. Milan might be able to renegotiate a new contract with the Spanish winger, but there is no certainty.
Suso has six goals and five assist tallied so far this season, but has remained goalless in his previous 10 fixtures. Many thought the 24 year old might snub his former club in a ‘you didn’t want me at my worst, you can’t have me at my best’ sort of way, but a lot has changed at Liverpool since then.
Tottenham are another intriguing player in the race. They have plenty of attacking options but Mauricio Pochettino is famous for his rotations. Between Erik Lamela, Heung-min Son, Moussa Sissoko, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, and Lucas Moura - it’s tough to see where Suso would fit in.
However, the porridge seems just right at Napoli. Should Suso want to remain in Spain but would like a step up in competitive play, there might be some real traction. Napoli has one of the best attacking lines in Italy, but age is starting to become a factor. José Callejón, Marek Hamsik, Dries Mertens are looking at the wrong side of 30, and Suso could be an attractive, young option.
Time will tell how this story will play out. If I had to pick one, I’d say Napoli is the most realistic destination. Suso found his stride in Serie A and will be reluctant to abandon the country. Then again, money changes everything.