Liverpool Clause Followed Failed Bid For Suarez
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has an £82million release clause in his contract at Anfield. But that clause is cancelled if the bidding club happens to be Arsenal.
Belgian newspaper Le Soir has been trawling through millions of documents as part of the Football Leaks revelations and it has discovered a copy of Firmino’s contract. The Brazilian moved to Liverpool from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in 2015 for a fee of £29million. Since then he has become a key player in the side with 31 Premier League appearances last season – 24 as a member of the starting eleven – and 13 starts in the league this season.
But the most startling aspect of Firmino’s contract comes in his release clause. Liverpool inserted a clause into the deal allowing him to leave on payment of €98million (£82.6million at current exchange rates). However, the clause does not apply to Arsenal. That doesn’t mean the Gunners could get Firmino for less. It means they would have to pay what Liverpool regard as the market rate – probably more than £82million.
The belief is that Liverpool were still smarting from Arsenal’s bid to sign Luis Suarez in the summer of 2014. The Uruguayan had a clause in his contract with Liverpool which said that the club would listen to any offers over £40million. Arsenal bid £40,000,001 which led owner John W Henry to ask the question: “What do you think they are smoking over there at the Emirates?”
Henry and the rest of the Anfield hierarchy certainly haven’t forgotten about Arsenal’s cheeky bid to sign Suarez. The striker was eventually sold to Barcelona for £64million a year later. The chances of there being any transfer between the two clubs in years to come are certainly remote.
Le Soir adds that Divock Origi received a signing-on fee of €1.8million when he joined Liverpool from Lille in the summer of 2014. Origi arrived in a deal worth around £10million from the French outfit.