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Ian Ayre comments on Suarez exit and Sanchez bid

Ian Ayre

Former Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has provided some insight into Luis Suarez’s transfer to Barcelona and has explained why the Reds missed out on signing Alexis Sanchez.

Suarez secured his dream move to the Nou Camp in 2014 while Sanchez ended up at The Emirates instead of Anfield for a fee just over £30million.

Liverpool fans were devastated at the time but Ayre says clubs are often powerless when it comes to players and their futures.

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Ayre said: “The hardest one out has to be Suarez, because a) nobody wanted him to leave and b) halfway through the process he bit somebody at the World Cup.

“I remember the sporting director of Barcelona calling me during that game, immediately as Suarez bit the player, and he said to me ‘my friend, he’s bitten somebody, how can this be the price?’ I said ‘he’d already bitten somebody when you first bid!’

“The thing to understand is that you are never actually in complete control of who you buy and sell as a club.

“There was much-publicised interest in Alexis Sanchez, as part of the deal which saw Luis go to Barcelona, and that deal was done – the only reason it wasn’t was that the player and his wife wanted to live in London.

“We couldn’t move the football club to London unfortunately!”