Incoming Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is still in the hunt for the signature of want-away Liverpool striker Luis Suarez - and he is prepared to offer winger Arjen Robben as part of the deal, according to The Sun.
Real Madrid were believed to be favourites for the Uruguayan's signature, but Champions League winners Bayern have not given up the fight just yet, and are willing to offer an attractive deal that includes the player that won them their fifth European title.
Brendan Rodgers and the Anfield heirachy have so far remained stubborn in their belief that their star-man will stay put, but they could yet be tempted by the prospect of signing the 29-year-old Dutchman.
The treble-winning German giants hope to jump ahead of the Spanish league runners-up in the queue to sign Suarez, with a player-plus-cash deal.
Speculation regarding the future of the Reds' 30-goal top scorer has been spreading rapidly since the 26-year-old was handed a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in April, the striker clearly unhappy with his 'pantomime villain' status within the English game.
Last month, amid reported interest from European-giants Real Madrid, Suarez commented: "I have a contract with Liverpool, but it'd be hard to say no to Real Madrid."
If Suarez has indeed decided to leave, Bayern Munich could also prove an attractive destination, with Guardiola's brother, Pere, also the forward's agent.
Rather than keeping the Uruguayan against his will, cashing in on Suarez could yet prove a masterstroke by Rodgers and co, with the potential for an attacking midfield trio of Robben, Phillipe Countinho and reported target Henrikh Mkhitaryan - the 24 year-old Armenian currently of Shakhtar Donetsk - an attractive possibility.
However, such a move would leave the Merseyside-club extremely short in the forward department, with Daniel Sturridge already ruled out until October with an injury picked up on England duty and Andy Carroll likely to depart in a £15m move to West Ham United.
Robben, who has 63 international caps for the Netherlands, including the 2010 World Cup final, came to prominence when he moved from Eredivisie champions PSV to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea in 2004, where he won back-to-back Premier League titles, an FA Cup, and a League Cup in three seasons with the Blues.
He has since won titles in Spain and Germany with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectably, before finally getting his hands on the Champions League trophy at the end of last season: setting up Mario Mandzukic's opener before grabbing the 89th-minute winner to defeat fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund.
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