Is Luis Suárez right: does an oral agreement between parties vary the terms of their written agreement?

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By Mathew Cole and James Modley

Last weekend heralded the return of the Premier League football season and the spotlight for the foreseeable future for clubs, players and fans is firmly fixed on potential transfer business before the transfer window closes.

Player power, loyalty and respect of contracts has increasingly made media headlines, demonstrated predominantly this summer with Luis Suárez of Liverpool FC and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.

As widely reported, Arsenal FC made an infamous bid of £40,000.00.01 to Liverpool for the transfer of the registration of Suárez to Arsenal. The bid by Arsenal triggered a clause in Suárez’s agreement with Liverpool that he be notified of any transfer offers received for the transfer of his registration…

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