Babel eyes Anfield exit in Suarez swap

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Dutch international Ryan Babel believes he could be part of a deal that would help see Uruguayan international striker Luis Suarez move to Liverpool.

Babel is reported as saying in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that Liverpool’s interest in Suarez could help him make a return to Ajax, who he left for Anfield in 2007.

Babel has struggled to lay down a regular first team place in his three and a half years on Merseyside, whilst Liverpool are said to be very interested in signing Suarez, but unwilling to meet their £25 million asking price.

Babel is quoted as saying, “The transfer of Suarez to Liverpool opens the door for me to go to Ajax.

“If Liverpool and Ajax – whether in combination with Luis – can reach an agreement over me I will surely come to the club. For the chance to play I am willing to settle for far less pay.

“For a player of my age it is important to be playing week in week out.”

However, Babel’s agent has told Dutch magazine Voetbal International the deal must be “perfect”.

Winnie Haatrecht said “They [Liverpool] have to re-finance the squad and Babel is an interesting asset for a sale. Ryan will only consider a permanent move if it is perfect in every sense … he would rather be loaned out.”

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