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“These buy-out clauses have caused no end of problems in the past and they continue to do so because of the way they were drafted at the time,” he said.
“He believes the £40m amount that is mentioned, if that is offered that gives him the right to go.
"Liverpool, from their side, are saying that is a minimum figure from which they will consider negotiation and of course they will want to keep the player, unless they replace the player with someone as good or better, which is not going to be easy in a short period of time.
"We have raised this issue with the Premier League, that buy-out clauses should have a great deal more clarity because I’ve never seen one yet that hasn’t caused trouble.
"It’s also down to discussions Luis had with the manager as well and of course you have the owners involved.
“There are different ways it can be interpreted. If it goes to the Premier League it will take time and the window is then closed. It is a delicate situation and we are trying to help.
“We have been asked to try and help to sort the situation out and we have been trying to do that.
"The lad has had a chequered past but he is also an extremely good footballer and this is about a situation on the interpretation of a contract.
"You want contracts to be straight forward and clear and on this issue it is not clear. It is open to different interpretation by lawyers so, at the end of the day, it is about if an agreement can be reached."
The only agreement would be if somebody bids 50+ for the mercenary. I just don't believe we would sell to the team which is arguably the most vulnerable of the top 4 clubs to being usurped. If we do, we're scrapping with Spurs for fifth and that's i really believe if we don't make it this year we are screwed for a long time. Sell abroad, not to rivals.
It seems to me here that the PFA only care about the players wishes and not the contract. In other words they are biased and should have no power here. Why hasn't he put in a transfer request yet? Because he's worried about his money that's why. If he cared about his careerso much he should have handed one in at the end of last season.
- 2 Replies to Loki
Based on Taylor's statement you might be wrong about the second half of this one, although to be honest I was sure like you that he'd side with the player over the club. He's spent the last 18 months having a go at Suarez, but rarely takes the side of any club when their is a dispute.
But on the first part, I'm in full agreement with you. Full market value or nothing. Why should the club have to suffer because he wants a change. If he's so desperate to get out he's free to make up the difference by buying out his contract himself. The only exception to this is maybe a discount to a foreign club (or premium to a competitor).
My only other thoughts are what happens if this drags on past next Monday when Arsenal have to submit their squad names for their CL qualifier. Do they back off if they can't get him in time? What happens if Arsenal in fact don't qualify (no guarantees coming in 4th), how will Suarez react to that?
Just read that Taylor agrees with Liverpool that the clause only obliges them to discuss the situation not sell. I guess the ball is back in the Suarez camp now but I wonder how Arsenal feel about all this? I assume they were sold a pup by Suarez/his agents.