Arsenal to reassess Suarez bid after Liverpool reveals £50m release clause
Liverpool officials haven’t confirmed Luis Suarez’s release clause, but the price tag on the Uruguayan hit-man has been revealed to be almost £50 million. This news comes after Suarez admitted Arsenal’s £40 million bid would not activate the release clause in his contract.
The 26-year-old Uruguayan international is eager to move out of Anfield. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers held talk with the notorious striker last week, but no progress has been reported by the Reds. Clearly, Suarez is adamant about moving away from the Merseyside club.
A bid of £40,000,001 from Arsenal was thought to have activated the release clause in Suarez’s contract last week, but the facts were different although Liverpool did allow their coveted striker to engage into contract negotiations with Arsenal.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid have been closely linked with a swoop for Suarez this summer. Surprisingly, Arsenal have turned out to be the frontrunners for Suarez’s signature from the lot, although they haven’t been able to make solid progress.
“We’ve all examined the clause in detail. All it obliges is for us to enter good faith negotiations about Luis’s future,” a Liverpool source told the Telegraph earlier this week. “There is absolutely no obligation to sell and that is very clear.”
Real Madrid are still interested in Suarez, although Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale is their top transfer target. Meanwhile, Rodgers has accepted the possibility of entering the new season without his coveted striker. However, Rodgers has faith in his current squad and believes Liverpool will be able to cope without Suarez.
“It could have unsettled them but it hasn’t,” Rodgers told Liverpool Echo. “It’s two-fold really. Firstly, it says a lot about their professionalism. The environment we’re creating is that the star will always be the team.
“We want the top players here. But if, for whatever reason we don’t, we will always know we can rely on the team and each other. Secondly, it’s also testament to Luis. He hasn’t been moping about.
“It’s obviously difficult when you come back after a break, but he has settled in and been working well. The harmony in the group is very good. The spirit is strong. Right across the club, there is a one-club mentality. If we can keep it that way, we can have a great season.”
Suarez joined Liverpool’s preseason tour of the Far East and Australia after his extended leave for international duty. Suarez is expected to join a Premier League club if he does leave Liverpool this summer, but which ever club he joins he will have to complete his 10-match suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic last season.