Brendan Rodgers has warned any parties interested in signing Luis Suarez that it will take a huge offer to tempt Liverpool to sell their striker, according to The
Suarez has been the subject of much speculation surrounding his future over the course of the summer, and is thought to want a move to Arsenal – but the Gunners’ most recent offer of £40m plus £1 did not trigger a release clause as they thought it would, and even Suarez himself has reluctantly admitted that the clause was not legally binding.
The star believed, however, that his proposed clause to be allowed to leave should the Reds fail to qualify for the Champions League and a bid in excess of £40m was received constituted more of a verbal agreement that Liverpool would still act with discretion and do business if this criteria were ever met, but the club remain resolute in their stance that Suarez is not for sale – at least for nothing short of a massive offer.
Rodgers does not see why he should be resigned to losing one of his star players for less than half the transfer fee that Tottenham are recouping from their likely sale of Gareth Bale, and has warned any potential suitors that only an offer in a similar region would tempt Liverpool to even consider selling.
The former Swansea manager admitted that the time would likely come that Suarez could be permitted to leave Anfield, but believes that the Bale deal has seen the value of other top players skyrocket – and feels that Suarez falls into that category.
He said: “Every single player in the world has a valuation, but I spoke to our owners again last night and they know what we are trying to do here.
“Gareth Bale has been valued in nine figures. Now I thought Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez were the two best players in the Premier League last season, [but] you can’t say that Gareth Bale is worth 100 percent more than Luis Suarez.
“There does come a point, of course. We only want players who are 100 percent committed here. There is no change in the situation. Despite all the speculation we have had, there has only been two bids from one club – and they have been nowhere near the valuation of a top, top player.
“I have spoken to Luis a number of times over the summer and the more he is around the group and the supporters the more he will understand this club. This is truly one of the biggest clubs in world football. No-one would want to leave here in a hurry.”
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