PGA Chief Gordon Taylor reveals clause is not binding.
Luis Suarez has been frustrated in his attempts to force through a move away from Liverpool after PFA chief Gordon Taylor revealed the club are not obliged to accept a bid in excess of £40 million for the player, reports Goal.com.
Arsenal recently offered Liverpool a bid of £40,000,001 for Suarez, in the belief that it would activate a minimum fee release clause in the player’s contract.
Suarez was said to have been furious upon hearing Liverpool had turned down the offer, believing the clause to be legally binding.
Liverpool though insisted that the clause merely required them to consider an offer for Suarez and did not oblige them to accept the bid.
The parties referred to matter to the Premier League and the PFA in order to avoid a lengthy court process.
Taylor has revealed that the clause merely stipulates that if Liverpool fail to qualify for the Champions League, and receive a bid in excess of £40 million, the parties will sit down the table and discuss the offer.
Suarez’s representatives have come in for criticism for their role in the wording of the clause. If the intention was to make the clause a minimum fee release, they have allowed to wording to be too vague for it to be functional.