Suarez accepts no Liverpool exit clause as Arsenal weigh up bigger fee

Luis Suarez has accepted that the clause in his Liverpool contract does not mean he can leave Anfield for £40m, the Daily Mirror has reported, with the Reds now demanding Arsenal pay £55m for the want-away Uruguay forward.

Arsene Wenger’s offer of £1 over the £40m fee stipulated in Suarez’s deal was intended to trigger the release clause and allow the Gunners to swoop for Suarez – but Liverpool claimed that the clause only said the club had to inform Suarez of the offer, not accept it automatically. It was thought that Suarez was preparing to take Liverpool to a Premier League tribunal over the matter, but no longer.

Instead, Liverpool will hold out for a fee in the region of what Paris Saint-Germain paid Napoli for Edinson Cavani – something approaching £55m. The Mirror claims Suarez is unwilling to go so far as to submit a formal transfer request and will not repeat his actions when trying to force a move from Groningen to Ajax, when he effectively went on strike, which means Wenger’s move for Suarez could be dying on the vine.

Liverpool would be more receptive to an approach from a club on the continent but there has been little sign of one so far – Real Madrid did show interest in Suarez but their offer fell well short of Liverpool’s valuation, and their attention has largely been focused on prising Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur.

Whoever Suarez is playing for at the start of the season, his own start will be delayed by the remainder of the suspension he received for biting Branislav Ivanovic. Suarez missed the last four games of last season, and will have to sit out the first six of the new campaign as well.

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