Liverpool are braced for negotiations with Barcelona, as officials for the Catalan giants touch down in London today to discuss the potential £80 million pound move for banned Uruguayan star Luis Suarez as reported by Goal.
Despite the four month ban imposed on Suarez, Barcelona have stood firm in their interest to bring the troubled star to the Camp Nou, however any attempts to land the player at a cut price because of the punishment he is currently serving, will not be tolerated by Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group.
In December of last year, a release clause thought to be between £60-£80m was included in the Uruguay's contract and Liverpool will not allow their star player to leave unless Barcelona meet with the financial obligation.
It is believed that Barcelona requested Suarez to make a public apology before the next stage of negotiations took place, with the player taking to social media a few days back apologising for his mouth accidentally falling onto the shoulder of the victim, Italian defender, Giorgio Chiellini.
Hardly an apology, however the PR attempt appears to have satisfied Barcelona with Sporting Director, Andoni Zubizarreta who praised Suarez for being: "humble."
It remains unclear whether Barcelona will meet the agreed fee with cash or if they will offer their brilliant Chilean star Alexis Sanchez and Pedro as part of the deal.
Sanchez was valued at around £25million before Brazil, however following a string of impressive performances for his country, that price tag has increased to £35 million, according to the Catalans.
If offered in the deal, Liverpool will be very tempted as the Chilean is a class player that will surely be a Premiership hit, however much depends on whether the player himself wants to leave.
Suarez behaving like a normal person!
Sanchez apparently wants to stay at the club and fight for his place if new manager Luis Enrique wishes to provide him with the opportunity, but it does appear that the Chilean is not part of Enrique's plans.
Liverpool are thought to be ready to negotiate for Premiership bound Mario Balotelli, again much will depend on the sale of Suarez.
If Liverpool can push the sale through and land Sanchez and Balotelli, the Kop faithful will think Christmas has come early and will believe their team can mount a serious challenge on the Premiership and Europe next season.
Real Madrid will be monitoring the negotiations from afar and you can bet Florentino Perez will move in if there are any suggestions of a breakdown in discussions.