Luis Suarez is close to signing for Chelsea, after a €40m bid for the striker was accepted by his current club Liverpool.

Spanish newspaper AS claims that Suarez has become the top target of returning Blues boss Jose Mourinho following the collapse of several other high-profile transfer deals.

Chelsea are thought to have mooted the player as their main forward for next season, with Napoli hotshot Edinson Cavani seemingly on his way to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Europa League winners could be desperate to tie down Suarez as soon as possible, having already missed out on Monaco's Radamel Falcao and Neymar of Barcelona.

Hence, the Uruguay international will receive a sizeable pay rise if he agrees to swap his present Anfield home for Chelsea's Stamford Bridge, according to AS Sport.

Suarez - represented by Pep Guardiola's player agent brother, Pere - will earn €5.5m per season, compared to his present Liverpool salary worth €4.8m a year.

The 26-year-old is thought to have become unhappy with the league status of Brendan Rodgers' side, in addition to the media attention he receives from reporters.

But Suarez will have to start the Premier League campaign on the bench regardless of who he plays for, due to his FA suspension for biting Blues' defender Branislav Ivanovic.

His arrival would no doubt change the dynamic of the Chelsea side, with the future of the Serb Ivanovic, as well as numerous attacking players, made unclear by the deal.

With striker Demba Ba awaiting a loan move to West Brom and Fernando Torres likely to take up a substitute role, Suarez may start off an unpopular figure with the west London fans.

His previous disciplinary issues are also certain to ruffle some of the Stamford Bridge faithful, who will surely hope his goals do the talking in a fresh start for the Uruguayan.


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