Reports in Italy suggest that Real remain optimistic that they can persuade Suarez to swap Merseyside for Madrid despite the Uruguayan signing a new contract at Anfield earlier this season.

Florentino Perez is said to be enamoured with the idea of having Suarez join Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in one of the most fearsome forward lines ever assembled.

Real know that Suarez will not come cheap however, and appreciate that they will need to offer an enormous fee to even tempt Liverpool after Suarez fired them into title contention this season.

And the Spanish giants believe that they have just the way to raise such funds in the form of Karim Benzema.

Indeed, with the French international's contract set to expire at the end of 2015 Real understand that there best chance to auction the player off to the highest bidder will come in the summer.

Juventus are thought to maintain an interest in taking Benzema to Italy but Arsenal - who were heavily linked with a move for the 26-year-old last summer - reportedly remain favourites to sign the striker.