Report - Manchester City said to identify Liverpool star as No 1 target

Manchester City are reportedly planning to make a huge bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

The Sunday Times reports that Manchester City are planning to make a huge bid to take Luis Suarez to the Etihad this summer.

Manchester City certainly have the fire-power to make a big offer, but how much are the Citizens willing to pay for one of the world’s best players ?

Liverpool's Suarez has been phenomenal this season, reaching a level in the Premier League not witnessed since Cristiano Ronaldo’s fabulous season for Manchester United in the 2007/08 campaign.

In 27 Premier League starts, the 27-year-old has scored an amazing 29 goals and has added a further 11 Liverpool assists – contributing to a Premier League goal on average every 60 minutes and 45 seconds.

Suarez's form has led to comparisons with Lionel Messi and Ronaldo, with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers certain that it would take a record-breaking offer nearing £100m to prize him away.

'He is certainly heading towards that', Rodgers recently told The Mirror.

'If you look at the top people in the world, the Ronaldos, the Messis, those who have been doing it for five or six years, he would be right at that level'.

The Sunday Times says that Manchester City’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain, has identified Suarez as the club's number one priority this summer – although there appears to be a number of factors which could yet stand in the way of a deal.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini likes to set up his team with one striker supported by attacking midfielders - therefore Suarez joining the blue half of Manchester would presumably be totally dependent on Sergio Aguero leaving the club.

Real Madrid have also reportedly taken a long-standing interest in the Argentine international - though no firm offer has ever been made - so Manchester City could have stiff competition in the event that Liverpool were to seriously consider bids.

And that's the rub, of course. With Suarez clearly enjoying his time at Liverpool, surrounded by the love and respect of the club and fans, it's difficult to see him wanting away now, especially as Liverpool will be back in the Champions League next season (maybe even as Premier League Champs).


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