Anfield side ready to consider selling prized asset but only on their terms.
Liverpool are said to be considering the possibility of losing their prized asset with Luis Suarez having told the Anfield club that he wishes to join La Liga side Barcelona.
CaughtOffside understands that the Uruguayan international stated his desire to join the Nou Camp side prior to flying out for the World Cup finals and has requested the opportunity to speak to the Catalan giants.
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Liverpool would be loathed to lose the 27 year old striker but are planning for such an eventuality, not least as the former Ajax man does have a release clause written into his contract with the Merseyside club that may take the entire process out of their hands.
That release clause is said to be set at somewhere in the region of £60m but Brendan Rodgers is keen for Liverpool to secure a deal that suits them best, with a view to the Northern Irish boss landing two Barcelona stars.
Rodgers has continued to pursue Alexis Sanchez and has sent a scouting team to the World Cup finals to keep tabs on potential targets with glowing reports said to have been registered following the Chilean’s displays against Australia and Spain.
Sanchez’s first team chances are already limited by the likes of Neymar and Pedro and should Barcelona sign Luis Suarez then his future at Barcelona would be uncertain and as such would be all the more likely to consider a move to the Premier League.
The former Udinese man had his most productive Barcelona campaign to date in 2013/14, netting 19 goals in 27 La Liga starts, but has nonetheless been strongly linked with an exit with incoming boss Luis Enrique keen to re-shuffle his squad.
Rodgers also wants to bring in youngster Cristian Tello, who has long been a target of the Liverpool boss, and is ready to accept a deal that would see the attacking pair move in the opposite direction to Suarez.
Liverpool chief executive will meet Barcelona officials in the coming days and will look to secure at least £40m as well as the two requested players.
Luis Suarez only recently signed a new Liverpool contract that makes him the highest paid player in the club’s history but has been warming to the prospect of a move to Barcelona since his side’s Premier League title challenge went off the rails late into last season.
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