He was pursued by Arsenal all through the summer but Liverpool stood firm, rejecting Arsenal’s bids of 30 million Pounds and 40 million and 1 Pound. Liverpool remained resolute that they won’t sell him in the summer and even if they would eventually sell him, it won’t be to a domestic rival. Some weeks after the summer window had slammed shut, Rodgers seems to have revealed the real reason behind Liverpool’s refusal to sell Suarez. It was down to their valuation been met.
‘Now he comes back we are getting a £50-60 million striker back in the team and that is exciting for us,’ said Rodgers, as quoted by The Telegraph.
‘This is a player who can come in and make a difference for us. All you can do now is judge him by his performances on the field. The measure for Luis now is on the field. His way to say sorry or make any contribution back to the supporters is to play with his heart 100 per cent and score goals and make this team successful and I am confident that will happen. He can’t play any other way.’
Obviously, Liverpool wanted 50 million Pounds at the least for the Uruguayan. I don’t blame them, after all Bale joined Real for over 80 million Pounds and it’s not as though the Welshman is overtly better than Suarez.
His quotes would have sounded like music in Wenger’s ears. After Real ruled themselves out of the running for him and with only few teams able to pay 50 million Pounds for a player, no thanks to the financial fair play, Arsenal still have money to spend and are in dire need of a striker, they could yet return for Suarez.
Can Wenger pay 50 million Pounds? Why not? I believe the Frenchman with the acquisition of Ozil has proven Arsenal can spend big. If we offered 40 million Pounds for Suarez and paid 42.4 million Pounds for Ozil, all in the summer, we can pay 50 million for Suarez in January.
The emergence of Sturridge in Suarez’s absence might just help speed up Suarez’s sale in January. If Suarez doesn’t hit top form before the winter window, Liverpool might see it as his bid to force an exit. Hence, cash in rather than keep an unhappy player that might just derail their season.