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Suarez agent holds talks with Liverpool

ESPN staff
July 9, 2013
Liverpool rejected a £30m bid for Luis Suarez from Arsenal before his agent met Anfield officials © Getty Images

Liverpool have held talks with Luis Suarez's agent after they rejected a £30 million bid from Arsenal for the striker.

Suarez's representative, Pere Guardiola, arrived on Merseyside on Monday to discuss the Uruguay international's future with manager Brendan Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre, sources have told ESPN.

It is understood that the meeting was amicable, and had been planned before news of Arsenal's bid broke on Monday.

Guardiola did not submit a transfer request on behalf of Suarez, although the forward is still believed to have reservations about staying at Anfield.

Liverpool insist that Suarez is not for sale - a position they have maintained since the former Ajax player announced at a press conference in his native Uruguay in May that he wanted to leave.

Suarez has a clause in his contract allowing him to speak to any club who put in a £40 million bid, but no offers in that range have been received. Even if one did come in, Liverpool would not automatically be compelled to sell at that price, and it is understood they would attempt to hold out for a larger fee - somewhere in the region of £50 million.

The 26-year-old has publicly courted a move to Real Madrid, stating that it "would be difficult to say no" if they came in for him - although they have not made a bid.

He subsequently claimed that he had to leave Liverpool because he was being victimised by the British media and the Football Association.

Suarez is currently on a break in South America following his exertions at the Confederations Cup in Brazil.

He is scheduled to report for pre-season training on July 22, although it has not yet been decided what part, if any, he will play in Liverpool's tour of the Far East and Australia.

Suarez still has six games to serve of a ten-match domestic ban, imposed by the FA after he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League game at Anfield on April 21. That suspension, though, does not apply to friendlies.

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