Former Juventus midfielder Marco Tardelli says Liverpool striker Luis Suarez would make an 'ideal' additional to the Serie A champions.
Suarez scored a hat-trick against Wigan Athletic on Saturday to take his tally for the season to 26 in all competitions for The Reds, making the Uruguyan among the candidates to claim the PFA Players' Player of the Year award.
Juventus, who lead the Serie A table by six points with 11 games left, have been searching for a marque striker signing for some months, and despite securing a deal to bring in Athletic Bilbao forward Fernando Llorente in the summer, the Bianconeri could yet make further additions in attack as they seek to cement their standing back at European football's top table.
And Tardelli, the Republic of Ireland assistant manager, says Suarez would be the perfect candidate to spearhead the Juve attack.
"It's obvious that a striker who scores 20 goals a season would be a good addition for any team. Good players are not cheap, though," Tardelli was quoted as saying by Tuttosport.
"Suarez would be ideal due to his power, technique and directness, but I'd say signing him could be a complicated matter. [Gonzalo] Higuain could be a more realistic option."
Amid his success in front of goal, Suarez has suffered from allegations of diving and cheating this term, a year on from being handed an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
Liverpool's top scorer last week fuelled speculation he could leave the club for German giants Bayern Munich, by claiming he would 'listen' to an offer from the Bundesliga leaders.
With Liverpool looking likely to miss out on qualification for both the Champions League and the Europa League, Suarez will again be deprived of top level continental competition.
And Liverpool will look on in envy throughout the rest of the season as Juve among others go in pursuit of the European Cup, but Tardelli has played down hopes of his former side going all the way to Wembley despite possessing a 3-0 lead over Celtic going into the second leg of their last 16 clash on Wednesday.
"Teams like Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have something extra," Tardelli added.
"The Champions League is a strange competition, though. If Barcelona and Real Madrid are eliminated in this round, things are different for the other teams. And at that stage, Juventus could go far with their great organisation."