Ian Ayre has revealed Barcelona tried to haggle Liverpool down over Luis Suarez’s transfer fee after his World Cup bite.
The Uruguayan striker was banned for four months after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a group stage encounter in Brazil.
Within 10 days, Barca agreed a £75million to take the then-PFA Player of the Year to the Nou Camp.
But Ayre , who has now left Anfield, has revealed the Catalan giants made a cheeky attempt to lower the fee.
Speaking at a lecture at Liverpool John Moores University, he was asked about the big transfers during his time with the Reds.
“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,” Ayre said
“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.”‘
At the end of the 2012-13 season, Suarez was handed a 10-game ban for a bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
He returned the following year to play a key role for Liverpool as they came mightily close to winning the Premier League title.