Real Madrid set to offer $120 million for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez

(Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters)

(Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters)

Real Madrid, the winners of the 2014 UEFA Champions Cup, are set to make a 70-million-pound (roughly $120 million) bid to score Liverpool striker Luis Suarez this summer, The Independent reports.

The $120 million would go toward covering a rumored release clause of the same amount that was included in Suarez’s Liverpool contract that also netted him roughly $335,000 per week. It is likely Real Madrid would offer a similar or higher salary to the Uruguayan star who won 2014′s PFA player of the year award.

If the deal goes through, Real Madrid’s addition of Suarez would basically make the team to European soccer what the Miami Heat are to the NBA. But maybe even more deadly. Suarez would join Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, who were also recruited with big money bids, as well as standouts such as Daniel Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Angel De Maria, Luka Modric and Xabi Alonso.

Suarez, meanwhile, has not publicly stated he wishes to join Real Madrid, and last month he dismissed rumors that about his future to Madrid’s La Marca newspaper. Suarez said:

“I don’t pay any attention to those stories; I’m under contract with Liverpool. When I read that Real want to sign me, I turn the page; it’s just speculation. I’m focused on the World Cup and I’m not thinking about the speculation.”

Real Madrid’s Champions League win watched by 4.9 million on ITV

Real Madrid‘s victory over city rivals Atlético in the Champions Leaguefinal was watched by an average audience of 4.9 million on ITV, down on the audiences of previous finals that benefited from involving an English side.

The match was shown on ITV1 between 7pm and 11pm, over-running its scheduled finish time of 10.15pm as the game was won by Real after extra time.

The live match coverage averaged 4.9 million viewers on ITV, which equated to a 24.6% audience share. The match was also shown live on Sky Sports 1 from 6pm to 10.30pm, pulling in 1.18 million viewers.

ITV could not match of the heights of the 2012 final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich, which averaged 8.2 million viewers, or the 2011 final in which an average audience of 7.9 million watched Barcelona beat Manchester United.

Real Madrid punished for fans’ racist behavior

NYON, Switzerland — Champions League winner Real Madrid was punished by UEFA on Friday for “racist incidents” by its fans during a semifinal match against Bayern Munich after some supporters displayed a Nazi banner.

Two sections of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium — sectors 120 and 122 — will be closed for the club’s first home match in the Champions League group stage next season.

“Real Madrid are obliged to display a banner with the wording ‘No to Racism’ in those sectors,” UEFA said.

Fans displayed a banner with a Nazi symbol during Real Madrid’s 1-0 win over Bayern on April 23. Madrid won the second leg 4-0 in Munich.

Madrid beat city rival Atletico Madrid 4-1 after extra time to win its 10th European title last Saturday.

It marks the latest act of racial abuse and discrimination in Spain in recent months, including two cases involving Atletico.

Without naming Spain, UEFA reminded its member federations this month to take a tougher line on racist incidents.

In March, Atletico was fined 10,000 euros ($13,600) by UEFA for incidents at a Youth League match against Manchester City. UEFA also ordered Atletico’s stadium to be partially closed for its next home match in that competition.