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Liverpool's Suarez has staggering £70m release clause - report

And Reds wanted to make it £100 MILLION as they desperately seek to keep their prize asset

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez could leave Anfield for a fee of £70 million should the Reds fail to qualify for the Champions League, according to a report in the national media today.

The Daily Express says that a clause in Suarez’s contract means he could leave should Liverpool miss the top four, although for far more than has been bid by any side so far.

Suarez recently signed a new deal which will keep him at Liverpool until 2018, although this latest report will buoy those who believe they can lure him away from Merseyside.

In particular, Real Madrid, who are keen on his services, are likely to renew their interest should Liverpool struggle in the second half of the season - and history proves that they are not often put off by a high asking price.

The Spanish side have forked out £85m for Gareth Bale and £80m for Cristiano Ronaldo in recent years, and a move for Suarez, if the report is correct, could make the 26-year-old the third most expensive player in world football.

Liverpool reportedly wanted to make the release clause £100m, but were forced to compromise in order to tie the player down to a longer deal.

That valuation would, however, almost certainly price Arsenal out of the market. The Gunners bid a pound over £40m back in the summer in the belief that it would trigger a release clause in Suarez’s contract. It didn’t, and it is hard to see Arsene Wenger matching a transfer fee of that magnitude.

Suarez has scored an astonishing 20 goals in 17 appearances in all competitions so far this season, becoming the first Liverpool player since Robbie Fowler to achieve 20 goals in successive campaigns.

Liverpool sit fourth in the Premier League, and Rodgers knows they must secure the final Champions League place in order to stave off further interest in Suarez. The Reds’ next game comes against StokeCity at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.

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