PFA chief Gordon Taylor says it will be “practically impossible” for Luis Suarez to leave Liverpool this month, after the striker was told to train alone by manager Brendan Rodgers.
“With the transfer window expiring, the difficulties of not only selling him to a competitor but also replacing him makes it practically impossible,” Taylor said.
Arsenal have had two bids rejected by the club, the last just a pound over £40m – a figure Suarez believed would enable him to be released from his contract to tie up a move to the North London club.
“I think it really muddies the waters to have buy-out clauses that are supposed to be confidential between employer and employee,” Taylor told BBC Sport.
“Inevitably that gets out. The drafting of such clauses are far from straightforward.
“These are issues we are going to have to raise with the Premier League at our regular discussions.”
With just a few weeks left of the Summer transfer window, club owner John W Henry has spoken out and declared that Suarez will not be sold – to Arsenal or any other club.
“Suarez won’t be sold, even if a foreign club comes in, because we do not have time to sign a suitable replacement,” Henry said.
Henry has previously informed Suarez and his representatives that a move would need to be completed early in the window to enable Rodgers to find a suitable replacement. And the manager is not impressed with Suarez’s behaviour and his recent outburst about being denied a move.
“The manager is upset, as he should be. The supporters are upset, Luis is, but that’s going to be between those two and his team-mates. We need Luis. Hopefully this will pass.” Henry concluded.