LUIS SUAREZ will be allowed to talk to Arsenal, however Liverpool do not intend to sell the striker unless his £50m-plus valuation is met.
The BBC reports the Uruguayan will now hold talks with the north London club, even after Arsenal’s club record £40m plus £1 bid was rejected by Liverpool
The 26-year-old informed boss Brendan Rodgers he wanted to speak to Arsenal, even though the Reds interperet his contract differently.
The offer worth £40,000,001 meant Anfield chiefs had to inform the Uruguayan about the bid – but it did not trigger a buyout clause.
Suarez made his first appearance this summer in today’s 2-0 friendly victory against Melbourne Victory.
Following the bid, Liverpool owner John Henry’s Twitter page posted a message which read: “What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?”
Henry tweeted at just after 2am local time in Boston but club officials have not yet been able to verify if it was sent by the American himself, because of the time difference to the US.
Suarez was instrumental for Liverpool last season, scoring 30 goals for the club in 44 appearances.