Liverpool are ready to make a move for Barcelona's David Villa, according to the Metro.
Manager Brendan Rodgers sees Villa as a possible replacement for Luis Suarez, who has grown frustrated with life in England and wants to leave the Anfield club.
Liverpool are expecting to receive around £35million from Suarez's sale. Barcelona want £12million for Villa but the Merseyside outfit are confident they can snare the forward for £8million instead - as the Spanish striker only has one year left on his current deal at Barca.
With the arrival of Neymar at Barcelona, Villa's days look to be numbered. The 31-year-old joined Barca from Valencia in May 2010 on a four-year deal for a fee of £34.2million. Villa has since made 116 appearances for the Catalan outfit, scoring 48 goals and providing 17 assists.
Villa suffered a terrible injury in a Club World Cup match and missed the entire 2011/12 season for Barcelona.
Liverpool face a lot of competition to sign Villa. Napoli, Fiorentina, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are all interested in the forward.
Spurs are said to be in advanced talks with Villa's representatives so Liverpool would have to move quickly if they are to hijack the move.
The Spanish forward is set to decide his future after the Confederations Cup concludes this Sunday.
Villa would find settling in at Liverpool easy with the number of Spanish players already at the club.
Pepe Reina, Suso, Jose Enrique and new signings Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto are all already at Liverpool.
Villa is an out and out goalscorer and would be a good player to fill the void left by Suarez's imminent departure - but is still a risky signing for any club with his poor injury record.
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