Suarez Set For Barcelona Move
Liverpool will have further talks with Barcelona over the transfer of the Uruguay International Luis Suarez. The Reds were adament before negotiations began that they would not sell the forward for less than the value of his confidential buy-out clause, believed to be between £70 million and £80 million.
Opening talks seemed to have been productive and it is seen as a significant step forward with the club confident that a deal can be done in line with their valuation. Further talks and discussions will occur in due course although nothing has been finalised yet.
Barcelona have the option of offering Chile forward Alexis Sanchez as a makeweight in negotiations and it is understood at this stage that discussions are taking place considering both options – a straight money deal and also he option of a player plus cash alternative. The latter seemed more plausible but it would depend on Alexis Sanchez, who is not that keen at this moment to make a move to England.
Luis Suarez is currently banned for 4 months for biting Italy’s defender Giorgio Chiellini at the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil. However, the 27 year old forward has since issued a statement apologising for his actions. Barcelona are suspected to have had major influence in procuring as they have stepped up and began to lay the foundations for a move.
Last summer, Arsenal failed in their attempts to sign Suarez after a bid of £40 million was made in the mistaken assumption that it would be sufficient to trigger Suarez release when it only entitled them to begin negotiations. Since then, Liverpool have moved to make Luis Suarez contract more definitive in terms of his release price.