Are Liverpool powerless to stop Luis Suarez leaving this summer if he decides he wants out of Merseyside?
That is the view being put forward by Spanish football pundit Guillem Balague who has this morning stated that the Uruguayan is considering his future at the club.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayres has repeatedly claimed Suarez is not for sale, but the player could not be blamed for being fed up with his treatment in England, currently serving a longer than expected 10 game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic.
Balague posted on his Sulia page this morning his belief that Suarez' future is still up for debate as the summer begins.
He wrote: "Liverpool Football Club are resigned to lose Luis Suarez and are preparing life without him. They are aware of the interest from top clubs in Europe and Liverpool feel they have done as much as they can to convince him to stay, and everything is now in the players’s court.
"He expects the progression of the team will take them to the top four at some point but he has heard there are clubs like Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Juventus (he is preferred to Higuain), even Chelsea that have shown interest. No offer on the table yet but there will be more than one put during the summer.
"He has a buy out clause which some sources put at £35 million and others at more than £40m. Liverpool will demand the totality of the buy out clause to release the player. There will be clubs willing to pay that. And then it will be all up to the player.
"Notice, I DID NOT SAY HE IS GOING TO GO. I am saying, the club is resigned to his departure if he decides to go. And he is aware there is interest from top clubs and is considering his future. That is the stage the situation is in."
He also goes onto state that Suarez' wife spends a lot of time in Barcelona, with Spain his preferred destination.
Whether Balague is right or not with regards to the buy-out clause is another matter, and perhaps the key issue in all of this.
Liverpool can play hardball over a transfer even if the player lodges a request, and will not want to lose their key attacker especially with so few elite players on the market.
Suarez has kept relatively quiet since his suspension and any intentions he has of leaving remain private. For the moment Liverpool fans should cross their fingers Balague's comments are not the prelude to a summer of drama at Anfield.
What do you think of the comments?
image: © LovelyLeftFoot