Sunday 28 December 2014

Sanchez talks hold up Suarez switch as Liverpool deny deal agreement

Jamie Holland

Published 05/07/2014 | 02:30

Alexis Sanchez - one of the stars of the World Cup - is coveted by both Liverpool and Arsenal, and is seen by the Anfield club as a key part of any deal with Barcelona for Luis Suarez. Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images
Alexis Sanchez - one of the stars of the World Cup - is coveted by both Liverpool and Arsenal, and is seen by the Anfield club as a key part of any deal with Barcelona for Luis Suarez. Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Liverpool's attempts to persuade Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez to move to Anfield mean Luis Suarez's transfer to the Nou Camp will not be concluded until next week at the earliest.

Reports emerging from Spain claimed a straight cash fee had been agreed which is lower than the buy-out clause – believed to be between £70m and £80m – in the Uruguay international's contract.

However, there is no consistent agreement on what that new figure is – the most common suggestion being €75m (£60m) – and sources close to Liverpool categorically state there is no truth in the reports.

Despite claims that he would prefer a move to Arsenal, Liverpool are still actively pursuing the option of Sanchez being included in the deal, but talks are likely to continue into next week.

While the exit of Suarez remains Liverpool's primary focus, they are still continuing with their recruitment drive and, having already signed Southampton duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, in addition to Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can, they are trying to snap up a third Saints man in the form of Dejan Lovren.

Manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to add reinforcements at centre-back and a bid has been lodged at St Mary's.

That has been rejected, but there are suggestions the Croatian wants the opportunity to play Champions League football, which is an issue Southampton's new manager Ronald Koeman will have to address soon.

Were Rodgers to succeed in signing Lovren, it would most likely signal the end of Daniel Agger's eight-year Liverpool career, with the club looking to offload him for between £10million and £12million.

Irish Independent

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