Liverpool turn to Tevez as possible Suarez replacement

Liverpool will launch a bid for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez if Luis Suarez follows up on his claims that he wants to leave the Premier League club, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Suarez suggested he saw his future away from Anfield while on international duty with Uruguay and the Reds have started planning for life without the controversial No. 7, who is currently in the middle of a domestic ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Liverpool are long-term admirers of former Manchester United forward Tevez, having tried to bring the Argentinean to Merseyside in the days of Kenny Dalglish, predecessor of current manager Brendan Rodgers. And Rodgers could resurrect that interest if Suarez moves on, with Tevez representing a cut-price option as he enters the final year of his City contract.

Tevez’s wages could yet prove a problem, however, as he is paid in the region of £200,000 per week by the former champions, but the transfer fee likely requested for Tevez, some £8m, is in Liverpool’s price range. Suarez, meanwhile, would command £40m.

But Tevez is said to be waiting to speak with expected City boss Manuel Pellegrini before he decides his future. City have already begun the overhaul of their squad with the purchase of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho, while Sevilla winger Jesus Navas is expected to follow. Tevez wants to meet with Pellegrini to establish what role the Chilean sees for the 29-year-old.

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