Liverpool's managing director Ian Ayre met officials from Barcelona in London on Wednesday to discuss the potential transfer of Luis Suarez, according to Sky sources.

Barcelona have made no secret of their admiration for the controversial Uruguayan striker, though Liverpool have so far made no comment.

If Barca meet Suarez's release clause - which is understood to be between £70 million and £80m - the transfer could go ahead and Liverpool could be particularly tempted if Alexis Sanchez moves in the opposite direction as part of the deal.

Suarez is currently serving a four-month ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

Following the 27-year-old's apology - which Barca reportedly had a major influence in procuring - the Primera Liga side appear to have stepped up their pursuit.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu would not be drawn on the talks.

But he did he made a point of commending Suarez for apologising and confirmed they are in the market for a striker, as well as two new centre-backs.

"I announced months ago that the team would undergo a deep renovation but we cannot reveal details because we don't want to give clues away to any of our rivals," Bartomeu said.

"Our representatives are constantly travelling to other countries because of potential signings.

"We have the names and the players, but sometimes there are clubs who speculate over possible signings by Barca to manipulate the price.