Suarez has told┬áLiverpool┬áhe wants his future resolved in the next 48 hours after┬áArsenal┬áactivated a release clause by offering ┬ú40 million, plus a penny, for the Uruguay forward.
And with it looking increasingly likely that Suarez will leave Anfield this summer, Liverpool have turned their attention to Soldado – placing them in a straight shoot-out with Tottenham for the Spain international’s signature.
Spurs have been linked with Soldado ever since the transfer window opened but have stalled over his ┬ú26 million asking price, despite sending technical director Franco Baldini over to Spain to iron out a deal.
Liverpool, meanwhile – should they decide to cash in on Suarez – would have no problem paying such a sum for a proven goalscorer who doesn’t come with Suarez’s baggage.
Suarez is serving a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and previously was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.
The Uruguayan’s agent, Pere Guardiola, told the club earlier this month the player wants to play Champions League football and Liverpool’s prospects of holding onto the 26 year-old appear slimmer by the day.
Manager Brendan Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre are to hold further discussions with Suarez, as the tour moves to Thailand today, ahead of Liverpool’s third and final match of the trip in Bangkok on Sunday.