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Barcelona to make £80m Luis Suarez offer this week

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Barcelona will launch an audacious £80 million bid to land controversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez this week, according to the Daily Mail.

Despite the fact he's been hit with a four month ban from all football activity after being found guilty of biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup and will miss the start of the season, the Catalan club remain interested in securing his services, and will look to make him one of the most expensive players of all time.

Liverpool to sell?

It had previously been suggested that Barcelona would offer Liverpool a fee in the region of £40 million plus winger Alexis Sanchez for Suarez, who was the Premier League top scorer last season, but according to the Daily Mail they will make a cash-only offer of £80 million.

Sanchez, who is also being courted by both Liverpool and Manchester United, is said to want to stay in Barcelona for one more season so has been taken out of the equation.

Transfer battle

Liverpool fought tooth and nail to keep hold of Suarez last year with Arsenal doing their best to lure him to north London, but it seems as though they face a much tougher fight this summer thanks to Barcelona's interest. The striker's wife lives in Barcelona, plus the fact Spanish is his first language and he shares an uneasy relationship with the English media means he is likely to press hard for a move to the Camp Nou.

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Club-record fee

The Mail say that Barcelona have already spoken to Suarez and have a deal in principle with him, and will now start negotiating a fee with Liverpool. The Merseyside club are looking for £80 million - the same fee Real Madrid paid for Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2009.

Real Madrid had previously been linked with the 27-year-old but it appears as though they are focussing on a deal for Radamel Falcao from Monaco.

Alternatives

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Suarez, Liverpool are pressing on with their transfer plans as they look to capitalise on finishing as runners-up in the Premier League last season. Deals for Rickie Lambert and Emre Can have already been completed, while Adam Lallana could be confirmed as a Liverpool player later today in a deal believed to be worth around £25 million.

If they were to bag £80 million for Suarez that would allow them to push on with deals for Benfica ace Lazar Markovic and Belgian striker Divock Origi, as well as Lallana.

There had been some suggestion that Raheem Sterling could also be on his way to Spain with Real Madrid said to be interested, but the Mail say Liverpool are confident that he will remain at Anfield.

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