Liverpool could make a move for Luis Muriel if Luis Suarez depart the club during the summer, according to reports from Italy cited by The Daily Express.
Such reports suggest that Liverpool would only listen to offers in the region of a whopping £100 million for their Uruguayan striker, but that manager Brendan Rodgers is preparing a contigency plan just in case he is sold - with Muriel his priority.
22-year-old Muriel - a Colombian international with 12 senior caps to his name - has been with Serie A side Udinese since June 2010 after he had made a name for himself in his homeland as a prolific forward for Deportivo Cali.
After being sent for loan spells at Granada and Lecce in recent years, Muriel has become an important part of the first-team setup under Francesco Guidolin at Stadio Friuli over the past two seasons.
Suarez, who himself joined Liverpool from Eredivisie giants Ajax back in 2011, has been simply sensational for the Reds so far this season with 23 goals in 21 Premier League games since returning from suspension.
The striker, although unquestionably a controversial figure, is absolutely integral to Liverpool's hopes of bringing Champions League football back to Anfield and it would surely come as a devastating blow to see him depart the club.
£100 million is a staggering amount of money, though, and you would have to think Liverpool absolutely barmy if they were to dismiss such an offer - indeed if one was forthcoming - outright.
If Rodgers is keen to bring Muriel to Liverpool, it is reported that the club will have to spend in excess of £20 million to get him.
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