Luis Suarez transfer news: Liverpool will not allow Uruguay striker to join Barcelona for less than £80m

The club will not allow the troubled striker to leave on the cheap despite his four-month ban from football

Rio de Janeiro

Liverpool owner John W Henry, with the support of Brendan Rodgers and the rest of the club’s hierarchy, will make it clear to any potential suitor for Luis Suarez, including Barcelona, that they will not get the player on the cheap and that the striker is valued at around £80m.

FOLLOW OUR WORLD CUP LIVE BLOG HERE

It has been a surreal three days for the Merseyside club since their leading player bit the Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini’s arm on Tuesday night, UK time, and threw his future into doubt once again. The club have no say or influence on the process either with Fifa – who only deal direct with national associations - or the Uruguayan football association (AUF) and have had to accept they are bystanders for now.

Read more: Chiellini shocked by ban
Liverpool could become involved in legal battle
Maradona blasts four-month ban

Liverpool are aware that they are there is public expectation that they have to take decisive action immediately on the player’s future and any potential disciplinary action of their own. However, they have taken an executive decision that, for now, there is nothing they can do other than make sure they stand their ground on any potential sale of the player.

The reality is that Liverpool, as of this afternoon, still had not been given sight of any of the documents from Fifa relating to Suarez’s ban. They have retained a lawyer and a QC, with experience of dealing with Fifa, to help them with the process but the early indications are that the club will only be able to see the documents once the AUF has completed its appeal process.

Uruguay face Colombia in the first of the found of 16 ties tomorrow night at the Maracana. The manager Oscar Tabarez was expected to give a press conference in Rio de Janeiro this evening around 9.30pm, UK time.

Suarez bites Chiellini Suarez bites Chiellini  

Unable to take full stock of the situation, the club have been prevented from making any major statement on the process, hence their brief public pronouncement on Thursday. Ian Ayre, the club’s chief executive officer, has agreement from owners Fenway Sports Group and Rodgers that the club will not be rushed into doing anything until it has all the details at its disposal.

 

In the meantime, the club have signed Adam Lallana from Southampton in a deal that could be worth as much as £23m for the selling club. The midfielder has been a long-term target for Rodgers and chose Liverpool over Tottenham, despite Mauricio Pochettino’s move there.

Liverpool are determined the situation will be handled differently to the first Suarez incident when he racially abused Patrice Evra at Anfield in October 2011. On that occasion, the subsequent Football Association investigation demonstrated that Liverpool’s management of the immediate aftermath of the situation had been chaotic, to say the least.

This time, they have resolved to gather all information before committing to any decisions. Sources at the club denied that there has been any meeting between lawyers for the club with Barcelona in the Spanish city, as has been reported. Rodgers has spoken to Suarez personally. Otherwise there has been no contact other than with the player’s agent, Pere Guardiola.

Brendan Rodgers has spoken with Suarez Brendan Rodgers has spoken with Suarez  

Ayre has a good relationship with Guardiola, the brother of Pep. The two men have twice negotiated new contracts for Suarez, including the deal that he signed in December which makes him the highest-paid player in the club’s history and also gives the club great protection should he again agitate to leave.

If he were to go, Liverpool would demand a transfer fee close to that Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale last summer, about £80m. The club recognise the seriousness of his offence but do not feel that should give rival Champions League clubs a chance to get one of the world’s most talented, if flawed, players on the cheap.

The club would be interested in taking the Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez as part of any deal, which might complicate matters. However, if a deal cannot be done the club could envisage a situation where Suarez is still a Liverpool player when his ban expires at the end of October. The greater likelihood is that he will leave the club, but that is by no means settled yet.

Liverpool are interested in Chile’s Alexis Sanchez Liverpool are interested in Chile’s Alexis Sanchez  

Suarez returned to Uruguay with his family today. The club anticipate that Suarez might turn up in Barcelona over the next few weeks. His wife Sofia’s family live there and his first child was born there. He does spend some of his free time there when he is not back in Montevideo. There is the possibility of the club taking their own disciplinary action against the player, but none of that can be resolved until they have full sight of the documents relating to his ban.

The Italian defender Chiellini has said that he believes Suarez’s ban of nine competitive international matches and four months in domestic football was “excessive” and that it was “alienating” for him to be expelled from the squad.

He said in a statement that he supported Fifa’s disciplinary process in principle but added, "now inside me there's no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that's done."

The international players’ union Fifpro said that the domestic ban on Suarez playing for his club “must be addressed as it directly infringes his right to work. Also the fact that Liverpool FC is affected needs to be an important issue.” It called for a reduction to the sanction and for Suarez to be given “rehabilitation and serious treatment”.

Suggested Topics
News
news

Emergency call 'started off dumb, but got pretty serious'

News
people

Britain First criticised for using actress's memory to draw attention to their 'hate-filled home page'

Arts and Entertainment
JK Rowling is releasing a new Harry Potter story about Dolores Umbridge
arts + entsJK Rowling to publish new story set in wizard's world for Halloween
Arts and Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch has refused to deny his involvement in the upcoming new Star Wars film
filmBenedict Cumberbatch reignites those Star Wars rumours
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Russell Brand was in typically combative form during his promotional interview with Newsnight's Evan Davis
people

Thought you'd seen it all after the Jeremy Paxman interview?

Arts and Entertainment
On The Apprentice, “serious” left the room many moons ago and yet still we watch
tv

Greatest mystery about the hit BBC1 show is how it continues to be made at all, writes Grace Dent

Life and Style
tech

Voices
Funds raised from the sale of poppies help the members of the armed forces with financial difficulties
voicesLindsey German: The best way of protecting soldiers is to stop sending them into conflicts
Arts and Entertainment
A scene from David Ayer's 'Fury'
film

"History is violent," says the US Army tank commander Don "Wardaddy" Collier

News
The Edge and his wife, Morleigh Steinberg, at the Academy Awards in 2014
peopleGuitarist faces protests over plan to build mansions in Malibu
Sport
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi during Barcelona training in August
football

Striker's four-month ban for biting an opponent expires on Friday

News
news
News
peopleFox presenter gives her less than favourable view of women in politics
News
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin married in Venice yesterday
peopleAmal and George Clooney 'planning third celebration in England'
Property
One bedroom terraced house for sale, Richmond Avenue, Islington, London N1. On with Winkworths for £275,000.
property
Sport
Erik Lamela celebrates his goal
football

Argentinian scored 'rabona' wonder goal for Tottenham in Europa League – see it here

News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker