Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid are reportedly confident of signing Liverpool striker Luis Suarez at the end of the season. The La Liga club are scouting around for an ideal replacement for Colombian international Radamel Falcao, who is attracting attention from several Premier League teams.
The Reds' chairman, Tom Werner, recently stated the club would not sell the Uruguay international in the near future. In addition, the player himself has also revealed he is very happy at Anfield and wants to stay for several more years. However, Atletico, who failed with a move for Suarez earlier this year, have not given up hope of bringing the 25-year-old to Spain in the summer, according to The Sun.
The report also claims Diego Simeone's side - who are second in the Spanish league, just three points behind Barcelona - believe a £40m offer and the lure of Champions League football will be enough to persuade both Liverpool and their talisman to part ways.
Atletico's interest in signing a world-class striker comes as Los Colchoneros face a fight to keep star striker Falcao at the Vicente Calderon for next season. Several of Europe's top clubs, notably Chelsea and Manchester City, are believed to be poised to try and snap up the free-scoring Colombian.
Suarez has been in magnificent form in the Premier League this season and has scored 10 of the Reds' 17 goals so far. The former Ajax man also tops the league's scoring chart after 12 matches. And, like Falcao, Suarez has also been linked with a host of clubs after his impressive displays, with City understood to be keen.
Laudrup: Williams May Snub Suarez's Hand
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has revealed defender Ashley Williams may not shake Suarez's hand before the match against Liverpool at the weekend. However, the Dane declared he expected Williams to keep his cool against Suarez during the match.
In his book My Premier League Diary, Williams wrote he wanted to "knock out" Suarez after playing against him last season. The 28-year-old defender was reportedly very unimpressed by the South American's diving antics. And the Swans boss has now admitted he is not sure whether the duo will shake hands ahead of the match.
"I haven't spoken to Ashley about what he said in the book. But I know him well enough and he'll be focused on the game, whatever was said. He will play by the book on Sunday! I don't think he will lose his head but he won't be sending any Christmas cards to Suarez. But it's nothing that will bother my sleep at night," the Daily Mirror quoted the Barcelona legend as saying.
The game marks Brendan Rodgers' return to the Liberty Stadium for the first time since leaving the Welsh outfit for Liverpool in the summer.