Liverpool FC will sell Luis Suarez to Barcelona but they want Alexis Sanchez
Barca keen to sign Suarez for £80m although Liverpool insist that Sanchez must form part of any deal
July 2nd, 2014
Luis Suarez is getting closer to FC Barcelona following the Catalan club opening talks with Liverpool over a possible £80 million signing.
However, there could be several discussions before any inroads are made, with Liverpool reluctant to allow their star striker to leave Anfield unless they can sign Alexis Sanchez as part of the deal.
Sanchez has been at Barcelona since 2011, with the Chilean scoring 39 goals in 88 appearances for the Spanish side. The 25-year-old has also represented his national side on 71 occasions, scoring 24 goals and the latest of these came against Brazil before Chile were knocked out on penalties.
The Guardian reports that a delegation led by Barcelona’s director of football management, Raul Sanllehi, will meet Liverpool’s chief executive, Ian Ayre, in London on Wednesday for the opening round of negotiations over Suarez.
The player does have a release clause of around £80m that was included in Suarez’s most recent contract, with the valuation not thought to have changed despite a recent four-month ban that was imposed after the striker bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.
Sanchez is reportedly valued at £30m although it’s not clear whether the forward would be interested in playing football in England.
Speaking at the unveiling of the midfielder Ivan Rakitic, Barcelona’s sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta, said: “Suárez has shown he is humble enough to admit an error, which is very important. He has been humble enough to apologise to those he has affected, because it happened in the middle of a festival of football. In this case it’s the best thing a person can do.”