The agent of Luis Suarez has revealed that the Uruguayan's possible Arsenal transfer and the issues that came with it made for the “most uncomfortable time” between the pair.
Suarez eventually stayed at Liverpool and nearly fired them to the Premier League title before making the move to Barcelona the following season.
Arsenal stepped up their interest in Suarez in the summer transfer window of 2013, and they targeted him with a £40,000,001 bid.
The offer was an attempt to try and activate Suarez's release cause, which instructed the club to inform the player the bid has been submitted. It was still rejected by Liverpool, despite the terms.
The bid caused media frenzy, with the English press going into meltdown following the story - something Pere Guardiola, brother of Bayern Munich manager Pep - revealed was difficult.
“This was my most uncomfortable time with Luis. Especially for me and our relationship.” he told Four Four Two.
"Because of the confusion, because of what we’d already agreed with the club, because situations change and force you to do things that make you uncomfortable.
"It was complicated, and Luis had to train separately from the team. Everything was played out in the press."
Despite the press frenzy, Suarez went on to star for Liverpool that season and so very nearly took them to a first league title in 24 years.
He also won the PFA player of the year award before signing for Barcelona for a sum of £75million.
And Guardiola revealed that Suarez couldn’t be any happier following the move.
"Speaking honestly, it’s the club he loves," he added. "The possibility of playing for a club like this comes around very rarely and you have to take advantage of it."
Suarez has been a key figure in the Barcelona team this season, and helped his side reach the Champions League semi-final as they beat Paris-Saint-Germain 2-0 at the Nou Camp.
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