Liverpool owner Henry reveals details to Suarezís 40-million pound transfer saga
Liverpool owner John W Henry has confirmed that Luis Suarez did have a 40 million pound release clause in his contract last summer when Arsenal decided to make a swoop for the coveted Uruguayan striker.
Arsenal made three bids on Suarez, the last of which amounted to 40,000,001 pounds, an amount that would have technically activated the release clause in Suarez’s contract with Liverpool. At only rife speculation was proof of the release clause in Suarez’s contract.
The Emirates boss Arsene Wenger attempted to initiate negotiations with his bid, but the offer never got a response from Liverpool. The Merseyside club later announced that they weren’t willing to sell Suarez for any price and that they would talk to the Uruguay international only if a bid of more than 40 million pounds was on the table.
At the time Suarez was bound to Liverpool by his contract till 2016, but having announced that he wanted to leave the club Liverpool were in a tough spot. Despite receiving interest from different clubs, Liverpool remained strong to their decision and snubbed all offers.
The 27-year-old striker is currently the top goal scorer in the Premier League, with 24 goals in 23 games, later inked an extension contract with Liverpool last December. Suarez is now bound to Anfield till 2018, but that has not kept interest in him from pilling.
Henry, who was present at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, told reporters that Liverpool were forced to sell Fernando Torres to Chelsea for 50 million. The club hadn’t taken a hard stance then, but when the Suarez saga sparked up the Reds decided it was time to act on their own accord.
“[Suarez] had a buy-out clause -- I don’t know what degree I should go into this - but he had a buy-out clause of 40 million pounds -- more than $60 million,” Henry said.
“So Arsenal, one of our prime rivals this year, they offered 40,000,001 pounds for him and triggered his buy-out clause. But what we’ve found over the years is that contracts don’t seem to mean a lot in England -- actually not in England, in world football. It doesn’t matter how long a player’s contract is, he can decide he’s leaving.
“We sold Fernando Torres for 50 million pounds. We didn’t want to sell but we were forced to. For the first time, we took the position that we weren’t selling.”