Liverpool are set to step up their plans for life without Luis Suarez by triggering the £32m release clause in Arda Turan’s Atletico Madrid contract, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The Uruguayan will make his £75m move to Barcelona official this week, ending a turbulent three and a half years at Anfield.

With the 27-year-old having been the club’s standout performer last term, Liverpool are desperate to reinvest the funds coming in to get top class players to Merseyside, and Brendan Rodgers has set his crosshairs on Turan.

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The Turkish midfielder was one of the stars of Atleti’s league triumph and played a big role in getting the Rojiblancos to the Champions League Final.

His is valued highly in Madrid, but his £32m buyout clause will leave chiefs at the Vicente Calderon powerless to keep him.

Liverpool are understood to be ready to pay what is needed, and are convinced that the versatile star will be keen on the move.

Turan himself has confessed in the past that he would like to pull on the iconic red shirt, and the larger salaries on offer in the Premier League may well tempt him.

Atletico may also be open to the deal, with a move for Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla on their agenda.