Luis Suarez has a £70million escape clause in his Liverpool contract.

The Uruguayan signed a new £200,000-a-week deal that could keep him at Anfield until 2018 just before Christmas. But his advisers made sure that the new agreement contained a watertight clause that will enable him to leave if Liverpool fail to qualify for the Champions League.

Arsenal believed they had triggered an escape clause in the 26-year-old’s previous contract when they offered £40,000,001 for him in the summer but Liverpool said their understanding with Suarez was not contractual.