Barcelona has opened talks with Liverpool over the future of disgraced striker Luis Suarez.
Representatives from each club were set to meet and discuss a possible transfer deal for the Uruguayan international.
Suarez recently penned a new contract at Liverpool and has four years remaining on it, and Liverpool have valued the forward at $146m. However, the offer that Barcelona is tabling is thought to be closer to $109m in addition to Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez. Suarez signed to Liverpool from Ajax in 2011 for $41.5m.
Speaking out at a press conference on Wednesday, Josep Maria Bartomeu, President of Barcelona, evaded questions about the star’s future, saying:
“This year we are going to restructure the team in depth and we are working on that. We have been working on that since February, but I can’t reveal things we are doing.
“We have to be discreet – we can’t give clues to other teams.”
Suarez is currently serving a four-month ban from all soccer-related activities for biting Italian player Giorgio Chiellini during the current World Cup tournament. Although Bartomeu was tight lipped, he was pressed into saying:
“He’s a great player, a global star and we want him to play as well as he’s playing up to now. I’m speaking as a football fan.
“He’s a player who needs to rebuild himself and get back to playing football.”
Suarez strongly petitioned for a move away from Liverpool last year, but was convinced to stay by coach Brendan Rodgers. However, the club is currently thought to be pragmatic about the prospect of releasing one of their star players.