Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly exploring the possibility of signing Liverpool talisman Luis Suarez in a £30 million deal, according to the Daily Mail.
The iconic Liverpool number seven has made a seamless adaption to English football since arriving at Anfield in January last year. The Uruguayan has endeared himself to the Kop with a number of eye-catching performances but his spell in England has not been without its fair share of controversy.
The well-documented racism case involving the aforementioned Liverpool striker has deprived Kenny Dalglish of his star player until February and some have suggested the furore surrounding the ex-Ajax captain could lead to the striker engineering his escape from English football.
The Daily Mail claims Real Madrid are monitoring proceedings at Liverpool this month ahead of a purported move later in January.
The protracted case and subsequent verdict levelled against Suarez has patently damaged Liverpool's reputation following their public backing of the striker.
Liverpool players and indeed Kenny Dalglish wore t-shirts in support of the Uruguayan international and the club's public statement in the aftermath of the eight game ban and £40,000 fine, was widely derided for their stance in defiance of both Patrice Evra's allegation and the guilty verdict.
Liverpool believe they have been 'wrongly interpreted' by the media and Dalglish was forced to make a defiant defence of his club following an incident during the FA Cup third round tie, when Oldham's Tom Adeyami was allegedly racially abused by a supporter at Anfield.
The unsavoury episode will have undoubtedly taken its toll on Liverpool and in particular Luis Suarez given the recent media attention he has endured. The Mail intimate Mourinho has made tentative enquiries to find out if the 24-year-old is open to escaping the current furore ahead of a potentially lucrative raid later this month.
In addition to the aforementioned FA punishment, Suarez was banned for one match and fined a further £20,000 for his one-fingered gesture during Liverpool's defeat to Fulham last month.
Anfield insiders believes there is a currently an agenda against the club and Dalglish admitted as much when it was announced Liverpool had accepted the eight game punishment.
"There are a lot of things we'd like to say and a lot of things we could say but we don't want to get ourselves into trouble. We know what has gone on. We know what is not in the report and that is important for us." The Liverpool manager told the BBC earlier this month. "It is unfortunate that you don't actually know the whole content of what went on at the hearing. I cannot go any further."
Suarez moved to Liverpool last January and is contracted to the Merseyside club for a further four-and-a-half years.