As well as the player’s apparent loss of interest, matters may be complicated further by the involvement of his former club, the mighty Barcelona.
When the Catalan giants sold Jeffren to Sporting Lisbon last year, a buy-back clause was included as part of the deal. Thus, Barcelona have the right to re-sign their former star should they meet the £9.6 million asking price that was previously agreed.
It is as yet unknown as to whether or not Barcelona wish to activate this clause, but as long as the possibility is there, it adds an extra dimension to proceedings.
Ultimately, it would appear that contractual issues as well as a change in the player’s priorities have combined to quell any potential transfer.
Regardless of prior reports or the Jeffren’s suitability to Liverpool’s needs, if the player himself no longer wants to join, then it is going to be extremely difficult for the Reds to complete a transfer.
While it may not be the most desirable outcome for the club, it would appear that they may have to search elsewhere during the January transfer window for more willing and cooperative targets.
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