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Transfer Balls: Luis Suarez wants Arsenal and Spurs teach Liverpool how to strike a deal

by | 7th, August 2013

Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers poses prior to a news conference at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand Friday, July 26, 2013. Liverpool will play a soccer pre-season friendly match against Thai national team on Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

TRANSFER Balls: Liverpool and that Luis Suarez saga continues:

Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger has been talking to Al Jazeera Sport:

“At the moment the situation is on standby. I really don’t know what will be decided by Liverpool. I don’t know what has been said, what has been promised and what has been written. That is the story between Suarez and Liverpool. Only Suarez and Liverpool can decide that. It’s nothing to do us. We have been told the player wants to leave Liverpool and that’s why we’ve acted. We try and get what we want, if that doesn’t work we will look somewhere else.”

Suarez says he wants to leave. He says Liverpool have gone back on a gentleman’s agreement to let him go now . He has alluded to move to Arsenal. So. Liverpool either keep a player who not longer wants to play for them  and risk him unsettling the dressing room and being worth less, or else flog him to the Gunners for £40m plus £1.

In any other walk of life that much cash for a staff member who wants to quit the firm would be considered sound business. In football… Well, who knows.

What say the experts?  PFA chairman Gordon Taylor tells the Press Association :

“If you are going to have a supposed buy-out clause it should be that, but it is different as it says if there is no qualification for the Champions League [by Liverpool] and if there is a minimum offer of £40m then the parties will get around the table to discuss things but it does not say the club has to sell. It quite clearly states £40m is a minimum offer for discussions, but it becomes really difficult with such clauses. There is a ‘good faith’ clause in relation to serious discussions but I can’t say it is cast-iron buy-out clause.

“Luis is one of our members and we want to be supportive, however, he may well have thought such an offer would trigger a move.”

One out; all out, brother Suarez:

“At the moment it is certainly festering and I don’t think it is a good situation for the player or the clubs involved. It is not edifying and that is why I feel we had to do our best to get round the table and see if there are grounds for consideration for the move but it [the clause] is not specific and 100 per cent certain. We are in touch with both parties to try to see if some resolution can be achieved that is satisfactory to both sides.”

It’s beginning to look stinky for Brendan Rodgers, the verbose Liverpool manager, whose negotiation skills are right

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