Luis Suarez has been given permission to speak to Arsenal – but no move can be completed until they meet the club’s £50m asking price for the striker.
Arsenal had a bid of £40,000,001 rejected by Liverpool this week, but will discuss a move with Suarez before deciding whether to up their bid.
The bid was over the £40m threshold written into Suarez’s deal, and it means that he is able to speak to the North London side.
Suarez made his first, and possibly last, Liverpool appearance since being banned for ten games for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic last season in today’s 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory, coming on as a sub with less than 20 minutes remaining.
Suarez assisted Spanish signing Iago Aspas in scoring Liverpool’s second goal in the success.
After the game Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said: “There’s nothing new to report, he is very much a Liverpool player and over the course of the next couple of weeks we’ve got to get him up to speed.”
Rodgers also reminded Suarez of the debt he owes to the fans who have stuck by him through controversy after controversy.
“The support he has received from the supporters and the people of the city of Liverpool has been unrivalled,” Rodgers added.
“In this period of time he’s missed a lot of games for the club through various reasons. The people have stood by him like a son and really looked after him. Whatever happens in the coming weeks that will be in his mind because it’s something you can never forget.”