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- May 17, 2007
Manchester City line up Â£40m bid to lure Luis Suarez from Liverpool FC
by Ian Doyle
MANCHESTER CITY are poised to make a huge push to lure Luis Suarez away from Liverpool in the January transfer window.
City manager Roberto Mancini is keen to bolster his striking options with his team having struggled to replicate the form that earned a dramatic Premier League title last season.
And the Eastlands outfit are ready to turn his attentions to Liverpoolâ€™s in-form Suarez, with City likely to be rebuffed in any attempt to sign in-demand Atletico Madrid forward Falcao given the Colombia internationalâ€™s believed preference of a move to Chelsea.
Mancini wants to restructure his forward line and is looking to move on Mario Balotelli having lost patience with the Italian, with both Milan and Balotelliâ€™s former club Inter interested in signing the firebrand forward.
Moneybags Paris Saint-Germain, managed by Carlo Ancelotti, are also monitoring Balotelli, who has yet to find the net in the Premier League this season.
Liverpool will not encourage any bids for Suarez, who only signed a new long-term contract in August after arriving in a Â£22.8million deal from Ajax in January 2011.
But City are acutely aware of the financial restraints Fenway Sports Group have imposed on Brendan Rodgers and could test the water with a bid in the region of Â£40million.
Last week, Rodgers admitted chances of keeping the Uruguay international at Anfield for future seasons will depend on to what extent the club can bolster their under-strength squad.
The Liverpool manager, who is intent on signing â€œtwo or threeâ€ players in the New Year, had said: â€œThatâ€™s the task for everyone here â€“ the manager and the board â€“ to sell the club moving forward.
â€œI have had great support from Luis since I have been here. Both on and off the pitch heâ€™s really bought into what we are trying to do.
â€œThe way of working suits his style and itâ€™s up to us as a club to keep moving forward and, when you do that, top players want to be around.
â€œHe loves the club, he loves the football and everything about the training. He seems to be in a good place. Itâ€™s up to us as a club to add players that can help support him and move us on.â€
Suarez has been in outstanding form this season, his equaliser that earned a 1-1 Premier League draw at Chelsea last Sunday his 11th strike of the campaign in all competitions and moving him alongside Manchester Unitedâ€™s Robin van Persie in the leading scorer stakes.
Itâ€™s not the first time Mancini has courted members of the current Liverpool squad. The City manager was keen on both Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger during the summer, only for the Anfield outfit to resist the interest â€“ rejecting two bids for Agger â€“ before the duo reaffirmed their commitment by signing new long-term deals.