Luis Suarez's agent explains why proposed Arsenal transfer was 'uncomfortable'

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Luis Suarez's agent Pere Guardiola has admitted the proposed transfer to Arsenal in 2013 was an uncomfortable time for him and the striker.

Luis Suarez's agent Pere Guardiola has told FourFourTwo that Arsenal's bid to sign the Uruguayan was 'the most uncomfortable' time between the two.

Suarez, 28, is currently playing in Spain with Barcelona after a blockbuster move from Liverpool last summer, and after a slow start to life in Spain, Suarez is starting to show his class in Catalunya, racking up six goals and four assists in his last ten games for Barca.

Suarez hit 82 goals in just 133 games for Liverpool, becoming an Anfield hero despite a number of disciplinary issues - but the biggest rift between player and club came in 2013.

As acknowledged here by manager Brendan Rodgers, Arsenal submitted a bid of around £40m for Suarez in an attempt to lure him to the Emirates Stadium, but Liverpool rejected the notion of selling him to a rival.

Things turned sour when Suarez told newspapers that he wanted to leave Liverpool - because there was an agreement that he could depart if a bid came in for him.

After a stand off between the two parties, Suarez apologised and returned to the squad, playing one final season for the Reds before moving on to Barcelona.

His move did finally come then, but Suarez was keen to speak to Arsenal in 2013; and speaking in this month's issue of FourFourTwo, his agent Pere Guardiola - brother of Bayern Munich boss Pep - admitted that it was an uncomfortable time given what Suarez wanted and what Liverpool wanted.

"This was my most uncomfortable time with Luis - especially for me and our relationship," said Guardiola. "Because of the confusion, because of what we'd already agreed with the club; because situations change and force you to do things that make you uncomfortable. It was a complicated summer, and Luis had to train separately from the team. Everything was played out in the press."

Arsenal later spent their money on Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil that summer, but it's hard to imagine Suarez playing for another English club considering his relationship with the Liverpool fans - so at least that is still intact having not signed for one of their Premier League rivals, even if things were uncomfortable for Suarez, Guardiola and no doubt Liverpool at the time.

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