Manchester United are reportedly set to put in a huge bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, but the Uruguayan is highly unlikely to swap Anfield for Old Trafford.
According to Alejandro Alcazar of Spanish newspaper Sport, via Jack Wilson in the Daily Star, new Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is prepared to outbid long-term Suarez suitors Real Madrid to bring the 27-year-old to Manchester.
Will Suarez be at Liverpool next season?
If Alcazar is to be believed, the 62-year-old Van Gaal is eager to pair Suarez with Robin van Persie at the head of the United attack.
However, Wilson's report insists there is "no chance" of the former Ajax forward making the move, despite the reported £200 million fund Van Gaal has been handed to rebuild United's squad.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said back in April that he was convinced his star striker would stay at Anfield because of the love he receives at the club, per ESPN.co.uk:
Luis understands he may not get the same love he does at Liverpool from anywhere else. From the first year, he knew I would shape the team around his qualities. He loves the city and the supporters. Also, guys like Steven Gerrard talked to him telling him there was an opportunity to be a legend at the club.
Suarez top-scored in the Premier League last season with 31 goals. Liverpool just lost out on a first league title since 1990, finishing two points behind eventual winners Manchester City, per BBC Sport.
Newly crowned Champions League winners Real have long been linked with a move for the Uruguay international, with reports last month suggesting they were preparing a £100 million bid, per 101 Great Goals:
But any move to United seems highly unlikely, especially since no player has been transferred directly between the two bitter rivals since Paul Chisnall moved from Old Trafford to Liverpool in April 1964, per David Prentice in the Liverpool Echo.
However, Van Gaal is in desperate need of reinforcements at Old Trafford after the David Moyes-led 2013-14 campaign saw the Red Devils finish seventh in the Premier League.
Moyes' relative failure at United saw him sacked with four games of the Premier League season remaining and left the Manchester outfit without European football for next season.
This may cause some issues for Van Gaal when he attempts to sign top players over the summer, as they may be less inclined to play for a club that cannot offer them the biggest stage in football.
But even if they were going to be playing in the Champions League next season, any move for Suarez would still seem like an absolute non-starter. Van Gaal will need to look elsewhere as he attempts to return United to their former glory.