Liverpool have insisted striker Luis Suarez will not be sold before the transfer deadline, with reports suggesting Real Madrid are planning a £40 million swoop for the Uruguayan.

The future of the Liverpool forward has been under intense scrutiny this summer, with Arsenal showing a keen interest in the 26-year-old who stated he wanted to leave the club. 

However in a dramatic u-turn it appeared the situation had been resolved after the striker returned to training before appearing at Anfield for their Premier League opener against Stoke last Saturday.

But it seems that Spanish giants Real Madrid are preparing to throw a spanner in the works by launching a late bid for the striker, as a possible replacement for Karim Benzema if the Frenchman joins Arsenal, although manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted the striker is not going anywhere. 

"It's very difficult at this time [for a Suarez bid to succeed]," Rodgers said.

"We are trying to get one or two more quality players in through the door. If we lose Luis at this stage, it would be difficult to replace him.

"There might have been a point a few months ago when there was time to do it, but not with only 11 days to go."

"I'm sure there will be plenty of activity in these last days (before the window closes). It is what it is. We will deal with it like we have during the summer," he added. 

Real Madrid could be set to smash the transfer record in the coming days, with reports suggesting Gareth Bale's move to Spain is nearing completion. 

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