Saturday 24 February 2018

Liverpool 'to open talks with Barca over Suarez transfer'

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez

Liverpool will open negotiations with Barcelona for the signing of Luis Suárez on Wednesday with Alexis Sánchez possibly heading to Merseyside in part-exchange.

The Daily Telegraph has reported that a Liverpool delegation, including Ian Ayre, the managing director, have agreed to meet Raul Sanllehi, Barcelona’s director of football management, in London when the primary discussions about Suárez’s transfer will be held.

Anfield officials are adamant that Suárez will not be sold for less than his release fee, understood to be between £70m and £80m. Liverpool will, however, reiterate their strong interest in Chile’s Sánchez, whose movement in the opposite direction will become crucial to the conversations.

A Barcelona bid is inevitable, the key question being whether the La Liga club are prepared to meet the 27-year-old’s valuation. If Sánchez is keen to move to Merseyside, a resolution could be swiftly found.

Andoni Zubizarreta, Barcelona’s sporting director, added to the conspiracy theories regarding the motives behind Suárez’s contrition by praising his “humility” and has said that the club has receieved offer for Sanchez, with Liverpool and Arsenal said to be leading the race for his signature.

“Everyone knows that Luis is an excellent player, everyone knows last season he played in various positions in attack, but everyone also knows that he is a Liverpool player,” Zubizarreta said earlier today.

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