Chelsea enter the race for Luis Suarez

Liverpool have told Luis Suarez that he has until the end of July to resolve his future amid reports that Chelsea have entered the race for the striker.

The future of the Uruguayan striker has been the subject of much discussion in recent weeks following the player’s very public flirtation with Spanish side Real Madrid. As of yet however no offer from the La Liga side has been forthcoming while Liverpool will not sanction any transfer until the 26 year old submits a transfer request.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, who has been completing his transfer business very early, wants the striker’s future resolved early so he has time to sign up a striker and have given Suarez, currently on a three-week holiday in his homeland, until the end of July to seal a move away from Anfield.

On Thursday we reported how Arsenal were keen on the striker but reports today emanating from Spanish newspaper Marca claim that Chelsea will enter the race for the striker after missing out on PSG bound Edinson Cavani.

Bayern Munich are also believed to be in the hunt for the player although with Liverpool not overly keen on doing a deal it will take an offer in excess of £40 million for the club to do business.

While both Arsenal and Chelsea have the money not to mention the Champions League football that Suarez desires a move to London seems unlikely at this juncture with the player stating the intrusive nature of the English media as one of his decider factors in his decision to seek a move.

Despite their intentions to keep of the striker former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby believes that the club could cash in rather than keep an unhappy player.

Speaking to BBC Radio Merseyside Molby “The last thing you want is an unhappy player and Liverpool know that,”

“They’ve been busy in the market and it appears they’re almost readying themselves for life without Suarez.

“I think he’s made it pretty clear that he would like to try something new, including playing at a club that’s in the Champions League. If that’s how he feels, the club has to do the business.”

Should Suarez depart it is envisaged that the club will make a move for Udinese attacker Luis Muriel, the talented 22 year old that has been compared to Brazilian legend Ronaldo.

The Colombian International scored 11 goals in 15 starts last season and would cost in the region of £20 million.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.