Liverpool will tell Luis Suarez that he must hand in a written transfer request if he is to leave the club this summer.
The Reds are keen not to be seen as the club doing the selling and will ensure that the player is the one making the moves for a transfer away from Anfield. It is a similar move to how Fernando Torres so acrimoniously ended his Liverpool career.
The Daily Mail writes:
Liverpool will expect him to submit an official transfer request, while they would also want to recoup a fee in the region of £50million.
He adds that Liverpool know it will be difficult to keep Suarez after the Uruguayan declared his intentions to leave the club.
The Mirror report similarly, with both stating that no formal bids have been made for Suarez. They quote an “insider”:
“Luis will be told – in no uncertain terms – he must put his cards on the table, and do it quickly.”
The Telegraph explain that by forcing Suarez to hand in a transfer request he will forfeit a loyalty bonus:
Liverpool have no intention of acceding to Suárez’s demand to leave the club for Real Madrid unless he forces the issue by submitting a transfer request, thereby forfeiting his right to a substantial loyalty bonus in excess of £1 million.
Liverpool are reportedly keen for the saga to come to an end one way or another sooner rather than later. The Mirror write that Suarez’s public agitations for a move to Real could be part of the Madrid club’s plan to reduce the price. But Liverpool won’t accept less than £40m.
There are strong suggestions that Armenian attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will undergo a medical this week. Initial reports linking him to Anfield claimed any move was not dependent upon Suarez’s future.
For Liverpool supporters, it’s pleasing to see the club are not allowing Suarez and his advisors to dictate what happens. The club are showing they cannot be bullied into allowing him to leave and are seemingly doing the right thing by demanding £40m- which would represent a healthy £17m profit on what they paid Ajax in 2011.
With the sale of Andy Carroll to West Ham also expected to be completed this week, Rodgers will have a healthy transfer budget regardless of Suarez leaving and thus Liverpool do not need to go lower than the amount that is reportedly required to activate a clause in his contract that allows clubs to talk to him.
Over to you, Luis.