Jul 2, 2014, 7:59 AM EDT
Following a bit of a charm offensive from Luis Suarez and Spanish giants Barcelona, the BBC is reporting that the La Liga power will open transfer negotiations with Liverpool on Wednesday in the hopes of bringing the Uruguayan to Camp Nou.
Suarez, 27, is currently banned from soccer for four months after his third biting incident, this one in the group stage of the World Cup.
Liverpool is thought to be prepared to cash in on Suarez and avoid the drama that comes with the mercurial-but-gifted striker, while Barcelona has praised the humility of the forward’s “very important” apology.
Liverpool are likely to accept an offer of £80m for Suarez, who joined for £22.7m from Ajax in 2011.
However, Barcelona are understood to want to pay closer to £60m.
Any deal may depend on whether Barcelona can include Chile and Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez in part-exchange for Suarez.
Liverpool are pragmatic about Suarez’s ambitions and are aware that he would welcome a move to Spain and particularly to Barcelona.
It is not yet clear whether Sanchez would be willing to move in part-exchange, although the Spanish club would be willing to include him in a deal.
Sanchez, 25, scored twice at the World Cup for Chile (though he missed his penalty attempt as Brazil eliminated the nation). He had 21 goals and 15 assists in 54 matches for Barcelona last season.
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