South American star set for Premier League move

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Luis Suarez has admitted he may be forced to leave Ajax to ease the club's financial woes.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are all being tipped as potential suitors for the Uruguayan striker who starred for his country at the World Cup.

Liverpool were reportedly monitoring the 23-year-old during tenure of Rafa Benitez, while Arsenal have also previously been linked with the former Groningen hotshot.

Suarez is unlikely to still be in the sights of Liverpool and Arsenal after Ajax slapped a £30 million price-tag on the prolific goalscorer - a figure understood to be out of their price range.

This would seemingly put United, City and Chelsea amongst the frontrunners for his signature; although they will have to compete with clubs across Europe.

Sir Alex Ferguson is thought to be a long term admirer of the young forward and has previously been interested in bringing him to Old Trafford.

However, after the emergence of Dimitar Berbatov as a serious goal threat for the Red Devils - highlighted by his sensational hat-trick against Liverpool - the United boss may think twice before reinforcing his attacking options.

But, with Ajax currently suffering financial hardship, they may be willing to slash Suarez's asking price in order to make him a more appealing prospect.

And, despite not being desperate for a transfer away from Amsterdam, Suarez realises he may not have a choice in his future destination.

He told NUsport: "Ajax's financial position is the only reason I'm even thinking of a transfer. But if I leave Ajax, I will go to a club where real football is played.

"I have never asked for a transfer. If I felt I was finished here I would say that but I don't. I can achieve what I want here. We must win the (domestic) championship and do something in the Champions League."

The economic plight at the Amsterdam Arena may mean more Godenzonen stars could face the exit - with Gregory van der Wiel and Maarten Stekelenberg linked with Liverpool and Arsenal respectively.

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