Liverpool owner John W Henry has dampened Arsenal’s hopes of signing Luis Suarez after insisting the striker will not be sold for any fee, reports Sky Sports.
The striker is desperate for an Anfield exit but both Brendan Rodgers and Henry have so far blocked a move to Arsenal and now the club’s owner has reaffirmed their stance on the saga by announcing they will not sell at all.
The Gunners have had two bids rejected for Suarez, their latest being a £40 million plus £1 offer. Rodgers revealed he thought Suarez was on the same level as Edinson Cavani, who was sold to PSG for £55 million from Napoli and slapped the same price tag on his Uruguayan hitman, but Henry has gone further by saying Suarez is not for sale.
“We’re not in Europe this year and have not been in the Champions League for a while. To sell to a rival for those positions, or one of them, would be ludicrous.”
“Liverpool needs to be playing in Europe, it needs to be playing in the Champions League. That’s what Liverpool Football Club is about.”
“I’m unequivocal that we won’t sell to Arsenal, whatever the bid is. I have not said it to Stan, but I had a personal conversation with Ivan Gazidis and told him we would not sell.”
“He won’t be sold even if a foreign club comes in, because we do not have time to sign a suitable replacement.”
“We are not going to sell Luis.”
Despite Henry’s determination to keep hold of the striker, many have argued that the relationship between player and manager has been damaged beyond repair and that selling him is now the only option.
“The manager is upset, as he should be, and the supporters are upset. But we need Luis. Hopefully this will pass.”