Inter Milan and Real Madrid are weighing up audacious summer bids to land Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.
The European giants believe they could exploit the controversy surrounding the Uruguayan’s eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra to prise him away from Anfield, according to the People.
However, Reds boss Kenny Dalglish, who gave the player unstinting support during the investigation into the Evra bust-up, would resist any potential bid.
Dalglish was left fuming after they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Bolton and clearly felt the absence of Suarez who is a huge fan favourite at Anfield.
Suarez himself posted on his official website: "We couldn't win today but I trust a lot on my teammates, I can't wait to play again!!!!!"
Meanwhile, Manchester United striker Michael Owen, meanwhile, believes the Reds "have another side to them" when they face teams he suggests they are expected to beat, and claims his former side are "hard to work out".
Owen said, via Twitter: "Hard to work Liverpool out. They look top class at home against the big teams but have another side to them when you expect them to win."
But owner John W Henry is likely monitor reaction to Suarez after his return from suspension, which is due against Tottenham on February 6.
As well as being personally concerned by the Suarez case, Henry fears the player could become ‘damaged goods’, with the bad publicity around the case potentially affecting future commercial deals.
Representatives have been sounding out several clubs, including Inter and Jose Mourinho’s Real about Suarez, 25. And while he has turned in some impressive displays since his £25 million move from Ajax last year, Liverpool have struggled for goals.
And the club’s attacking unit could be overhauled at the end of the season, with £35m Andy Carroll failing to fit in. Suarez has scored just one Premier League goal since his confrontation with Evra in October.
A major stumbling block in Real’s bid to sign him is that his agent is Pere Guardiola, brother of Pep, boss of Real’s bitter rivals Barcelona, according to the report.