Gordon Taylor, the Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, has confirmed that his organisation is assisting Luis Suarez with his bid to leave Liverpool.
Taylor, speaking on TalkSPORT radio, also admitted that ambiguous nature of the wording in that “Clause” in his contract would make a move difficult
Just hours after it was revealed that Suarez would not be travelling with the rest of the Liverpool team on their trip to Norway due a foot injury, an interview emerged in the Guardian in which he claimed the Anfield club are refusing to honour an agreement that allows him to join a Champions League side for a fee of over £40million.
So far Arsenal are the only team to have made an offer but their bid of £40,000,001 was rejected with Liverpool unwilling to do business with a rival believing that, under the terms of the contract, signed last summer, they are under no obligation to sell and only have to inform the 26 year old that an offer has been made.
Speaking this morning (Wednesday) on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Taylor revealed that while the PFA are helping the Uruguayan international there is no quick solution in sight.
“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.”