And reports in Spain claim the controversial Liverpool striker has already agreed a £160,000-a-week contract with the Catalan giants.

They are said to be pushing ahead with their plans to sign Suarez, even to the extent of inserting a 'bite' clause in the proposed deal.

That would impose severe financial penalties on the Uruguayan if he were to commit a similar offence to the one that saw him banned from all football-related activity until the end of October for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini.

Barcelona are ready to try to open negotiations with Liverpool, although their opening offer will be just £25m for the 27-year-old who has already served two lengthy suspensions for similar offences.

They are said to have no intention of paying anywhere near the £40m plus £1 offer Arsenal submitted for the player last summer.