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Reports: Arsenal Could Buy Suarez For £70m
Arsenal could sign Luis Suarez for £70m in the summer if Liverpool once again miss out on the top four, according to reports today.
After a sensational start to the season that’s seen the Uruguayan score 20 Premier League goals in just 16 games, Suarez was rewarded with a new £200,000-a-week deal that ties him to Liverpool until 2018.
The 26-year-old signed the contract extension in December, but not before his advisers insisted on having a watertight release clause written into the deal that would allow the striker to leave if the Merseysiders missed out on Champions League football.
The Mirror claim that Liverpool tried to set the fee at £100m – a figure that Suarez thought was excessive – so the two parties eventually settled on a buy-out clause worth £70m.
It means we won’t see a repeat of the rather embarrassing episode we had in the summer that saw us have a £40,000,001 bid rejected by Liverpool after Suarez’s advisers had told us he had a release clause that could be triggered by a bid in excess of £40m.
Suarez made his feelings clear in the summer that he wanted to play in the Champions League, so it’s no surprise that he’s ensured the buy-out clause it crystal clear in his new deal. Miss out on the top four and a club such as Arsenal can buy him for £70m. Simple.
In today’s market, and considering how well Suarez is playing, that would represent something of a bargain. If Bale is worth £100m then Suarez is easily worth that figure.
Liverpool are currently sitting fourth in the league and if Suarez continues to fire during the second half of the campaign, they have a decent chance of qualifying for the Champions League. But if they miss out, I hope we’ll be heading the queue of clubs ready to trigger the strikers £70m buy-out clause.