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Liverpool meet Barcelona to discuss Suarez transfer

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Liverpool chief Ian Ayre met Barcelona officials in London on Wednesday to discuss the the ubiquitous Luis Suarez transfer according to Sky Sports.

Arguably the world's best club, Barcelona haven't kept their Suarez desire hidden and have been very clear and rather honest about wanting the striker in an already star-studded team.

Deal

If Barcelona are able to meet Suarez's release clause which is well over £70 million, the transfer could be successful and in return, the Reds could be lured if Alex Sanchez moves in the opposite direction as part of the deal too. Doing so would no doubt be beneficial for both the teams.

Suarez, currently on a 4-month ban for biting has already apologised and is said to have done so with Barcelona playing a major role in the act.  Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed recently that they are in the market for a striker and two-centre backs as well. 

"I announced months ago that the team would undergo a deep renovation but we cannot reveal details because we don't want to give clues away to any of our rivals," he said.

"Our representatives are constantly travelling to other countries because of potential signings. We have the names and the players, but sometimes there are clubs who speculate over possible signings by Barca to manipulate the price.

"All I can say is that they are names that have been agreed with (new coach) Luis Enrique and they excite us.

"For example, (sporting director Andoni) Zubizarreta already has the names of the centre backs although they are not signed yet as there are clubs who think their value will go up after the World Cup."

Asked about Suarez, Bartomeu added: "Suarez is a Liverpool player so I can't talk about him, he belongs to another team, a rival team. But we are all football men, and saying sorry is honourable, it helps the competition.

"He did something that wasn't right, so it's the responsibility of everyone in football, be it Liverpool or anywhere else, to remember that he has said sorry. Admitting you have done something wrong is very important.

"Luis has apologised and that is honourable, he's taken a step towards rehabilitating, the football world should support him and help him. As a football fan I hope he can turn a corner."

Developments

Negotiations however won't be as easy as a ban doesn't necessarily mean Suarez has lost his value. However, Barcelona would like to suggest that it does affect him and will offer around £60m. The offer of Sanchez in return could actually prove out to be playing a huge part in this transfer. 

Sky Sports' pundit Guillem Balague also believes that Suarez's apology could play a decisive role in his Barcelona move.

"Barcelona wanted Luis Suarez to apologise," he said. "It is also part of an appeal that will surely reduce his ban.

"I realise many people feel cheated as he has apologised before. Biting shouldn’t be done but can be corrected and Chiellini has accepted the apology, so who are we not to do the same?"

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