Arsenal have seen two offers for Suarez rejected by Liverpool, the latter a bid of £40,000,001 that the London club hoped would trigger a release clause in the Uruguay international’s contract.
Suarez yesterday confirmed his desire to leave Anfield, in which he accused Liverpool of breaking a promise to sell him this summer if they failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Wenger who is coming under pressure this summer, having made just one addition in the form of Yaya Sanogo during the transfer window, says Arsenal’s move for Suarez has stalled.
According to Goal.com, he said :
At the moment the situation is on standby. I heard that [Suarez is considering legal action to force a move] but this is sometimes linked with things that you don’t know as a potential buyer.
That is the story between Suarez and Liverpool and I don’t know what has been said, what has been promised and what has been written and that is only Suarez and Liverpool that can decide that.
It’s nothing to do with us. We have been told that the player wants to leave Liverpool and that’s why we’ve acted.
When asked on the latest regarding Suarez after the striker pulled out of Liverpool’s travelling squad for a friendly in Norway, Wenger added:
I really don’t know, that’s for sure, I really don’t know what will be decided by Liverpool.
It’s going slowly. Slower than expected [because clubs have] more money than talent and the clubs with talented players don’t want to lose them.
Some clubs acted very early so the choices were reduced, plus there is more competition coming from France. PSG buy big players for huge amounts of money so it’s tough and difficult and slow.
Arsene Wenger is trying to land Suarez before their Champions League play off tie, but if Arsenal are to be able to field him for the tie which takes place later this month, then the squad list must be registered with UEFA by 11pm on Monday, August 12, leaving little time for the finer details of what has become the summer’s most protracted transfer saga to be thrashed out.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers recently indicated that the club would be looking for a fee closer to £100m than £50m for the prolific South American, so unless Suarez puts a transfer request or else wins his case regarding the buy out clause at the Premier League tribunal there won’t be any chance we will sign him.
Suarez scored 29 goals for Liverpool last season as the club finished seventh in the Premier League. The Uruguay international has been the fulcrum of controversy since his arrival in the Premier League in January 2011, with bans of eight and ten matches for racially abusing Patrice Evra and biting Branislav Ivanovic earning him a negative reputation.
Even though Suarez brings with him a baggage of controversies, we cannot deny the fact that he is a top notch striker who can bombard Premier League defenses with ease. He is definitely the marquee signing Arsenal fans have been waiting for and signing him can take us straight into title contention.
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