The Gunners pursuit of Luis Suarez is proving very difficult, and now Liverpool manager Brendon Rodgers is claiming the Uruguayan ‘understands’ the club’s stance of refusing to sell him rather than battling for a move away it appears.
Rodgers, similarly to Wenger in the past, has had to deal with persistent rumours linking his best player with a rival Premier League club all summer, and with the Gunners yet to increase their £40million plus £1 offer any further time spent on the transfer saga may prove to be a waste of time. Their one bargaining chip was Suarez’s desire to leave Merseyside, but it is proving far more difficult than Gooners had hoped.
Liverpool are holding strong and involving Suarez as much as possible in their seasons preparations, and according to Rodgers the 26-year-old is happy for the time being despite having to sit out six of their first Premier League matches after receiving a whopping 10-match-ban for biting Ivanovic last season.
Rodgers reportedly told the Liverpool Echo:
It’s a story that can keep running but for me there is no new news.
Luis is happy. He totally understands the club’s point of view. He’s in a difficult position in terms of not being able to play because of his suspension – he will sit out the first six games and he will miss playing football.
But he’s working hard and remains part of the group. He hasn’t been moping about. It’s obviously difficult when you come back after a break but he has settled in and has been working well.
He needs to get up to speed and we will continue to work to get all the players ready for the first game of the season.
The Uruguay international has emerged as Arsenal’s primary summer transfer target which has divided Gooners in opinion. Rodgers position is understandable, however it will be interesting to see if he actually remains as strong throughout the next month or if he gives in..like Wenger. Arsenal have had to deal with star players being stripped away season after season, this summer however is supposed to be different and we have the opportunity to do the same to a rival club. The market has become rather thin, all the best striking talent have been snapped up already, even Spurs are getting in on the action.
With Arsenal’s £40million plus £1 bid they have the opportunity to approach Suarez/his agent and talk with them directly as understood in this article, but there is no news of any such meetings as of yet. Time is ticking Wenger, you better get that cheque book out!