Amid Luis Suarez's eight-match suspension for allegedly making inappropriate racial remarks, rumours are circulating in Spain that Jose Mourinho is prepared to make a bid for the Uruguayan footballer.
Mourinho may look to capitalize upon Suarez's recent frustration with his current situation at Liverpool due to his recent ban.
In late December, Suarez was slapped with an eight-match ban after Manchester United's Patrice Evra claimed that Suarez made racist remarks to him on the pitch during an FA Cup match.
Liverpool has defended Suarez during the process (which has brought the Reds under intense media scrutiny); however, Suarez has expressed discontent with the FA, which may propel him to take his football talents out of the EPL.
Suarez's volatile behavior also cost him another ban from the Football Association for making a gesture towards Fulham fans. He was subsequently fined £20000 as well for the incident.
It has been estimated that the 24-year-old striker would cost Real Madrid around £30 million.
If signed, Suarez would accompany Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuaín, and Cristiano Ronaldo, which would held keep Los Merengues ahead of Barcelona in the La Liga table.
Suarez has scored 15 goals in 31 games as a starter this season, including 11 international appearances.
After beginning his club career in his native Uruguay, Suarez played in the Netherlands for over four seasons, including a three-year stint with Ajax.
Suarez joined Liverpool last season, scoring four goals in 12 games for the Reds. The Uruguayan has 26 caps for his nation, including an infamous 2010 World Cup appearance against Ghana in which Suarez saved a goal with his hands in extra time (Uruguay won the game later in a penalty shootout after a Ghana player missed the penalty kick that resulted from Suarez's red-card offense).
If the rumours are true, Mourinho will have an advantage in swaying Suarez to the Bernabéu amid the complications of his current debacle.
Suarez was brought over to Liverpool from Amsterdam for £22.8 million.