Real Madrid are preparing to launch a stunning £80 million bid to tempt Liverpool into selling Luis Suarez this summer, reports The Daily Mirror.
Florentino Perez is growing wary of continued interest from Barcelona and is prepared to blow Real Madrid's arch rivals out of the water with the stunning offer. The Real Madrid president believes Liverpool will find it hard to refuse £80 million and will also offer Suarez a huge pay packet.
If Suarez agrees to move to the Bernabeu, Real Madrid will be prepared to pay the striker £350,000-a-week - a wage that will be second only to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Despite winning La Decima, Carlo Ancelotti remains under pressure after missing out on La Liga to Atletico Madrid, finishing third behind Barcelona. Without the Champions League win it is likely the Italian would have been sacked and Perez is keen to improve the squad ahead of another challenging season.
Although Karim Benzema has impressed over the last 12 months and is believed to be favoured by both Ancelotti and Ronaldo, Perez is not happy about not having a prolific striker in the cut of Brazilian Ronaldo.
Benzema is thought to be close to agreeing a new contract to stay in the Spanish capital but if Perez gets his way he will be playing a reduced role within the team next year.
The fact that both Barcelona and Real Madrid are interested bodes well for Liverpool, with prices for the player likely to soar as the two giants of Spanish football spark off an arms race.
Neither team would be willing to lose face and Real Madrid are believed to be ready to go all the way up to £80 million, equalling the price they paid for Ronaldo, in order to make sure Suarez doesn't end up at the Nou Camp.
Liverpool managed to keep hold of Suarez despite strong interest from Arsenal. The Gunners reportedly met a release clause in the 27-year-old's contract by bidding £40 million plus £1.
Brendan Rodgers will be delighted with John W Henry's decision as the Uruguayan scored 31-goals to bring Liverpool within a whisker of the title.
Liverpool would find it hard to resist such a huge offer and it is likely the player himself would be keen to cut a new career out for himself as a Galactico.
The problem is similar to that of Tottenham last summer. Cashing in on a star player for a mammoth fee does allow the team to reinvest, but it is incredibly hard to find a player of such quality.
However, Suarez has only had one prolific season and it was only 12 months ago that Liverpool fans were questioning whether or not he could play for the club again after a number of on-field controversies.
At 27, Suarez is no spring chicken and a poor season or a serious injury would see his value plummet. With Financial Fair Play making investing in the squad a tough process, Liverpool should cash in on their star striker in such an offer arrives.
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