The hot topic in today’s newspapers has been Arsenal’s cheeky bid of £40,000,001 for Luis Suarez, which activates a complex clause in his contract, which requires Liverpool to inform Suarez of the offer. Liverpool have already rejected this second bid from Arsenal for Suarez, and are only willing to change their stance, if an offer of around £50 million comes in.
Suarez believes that the clause allows him to speak to his suitors, which isn’t Liverpool’s interpretation of that clause, and will ask Liverpool to allow him to hold talks with Arsenal.
The Uruguayan, a £22.7 million buy from Ajax in January 2011, set up Lago Aspas, for Liverpool’s second goal, in the pre-season match, against Melbourne Victory earlier today. Suarez seems to have leaped to the top of Arsenal’s wish list, leapfrogging Gonzalo Higuain, who has reportedly agreed a bumper contract to join Napoli as replacement for Edinson Cavani, who left for PSG. Suarez has been interesting Real Madrid too, but Madrid haven’t followed up their interest with a concrete offer, and can be forced into action, after Arsenal’s second bid, which was more than double their transfer record, was rejected.
Liverpool owner, John W Henry tweeted today, “What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates,” presumably referencing the extra pound bit by Arsenal, necessary to activate the clause in Suarez’s contract, and confirming the fact that a bid has been indeed made.
Arsenal seem quite determined to buy Suarez, even though he is suspended for the first six games of the season, due to the 10 game ban he received in April for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, which means that he will not be able to play in the league until October. He has started agitating for a move since his ban, something which he has done before too. He bit a player, and was banned, and he got transferred to Liverpool while serving his ban. This represents a risky gamble by Arséne Wenger, though there is no doubt that Suarez is a very talented forward, there is a lot of baggage that comes along with him, and Higuain seemed a better option on this front. However, Arsenal fans won’t be complaining when Suarez starts banging them in, day in and day out.