The Luis Suarez saga has taken another twist with The Sun reporting that Real Madrid have “pulled out of the running” to sign the Liverpool striker, leaving Arsenal in the driving seat to win the race to sign him.
Sources at Madrid claimed Santiago Bernabeu chief Carlo Ancelotti is happy with his strikers Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema despite Gonzalo Higuain moving to Italian Seire ‘A’ side Napoli this Thursday.
The former Chelsea chief also wants to give more opportunities to the club’s Spanish Under-21 stars Jese Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata. A club insider told sports paper Marca: “We believe in Jese and Morata and they deserve this chance. They are also very good. We are not going to sign a new forward.”
Liverpool have rejected the Gunners’ latest offer of £40m plus one pound and it is understood they will have to return with a bid that matches the British record transfer fee of £50m that Chelsea paid for Fernando Torres in 2011.
Arsenal are prepared to make Suarez, their highest-paid player on a five-year deal worth £150,000-a-week.They were expected to face strong competition from Real Madrid but the Spaniards don’t appear to be interested in him, despite selling Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli in a deal worth £34m.
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Arsenal are believed to be confident that the Uruguayan is keen on a move to Emirates Stadium, and have now gone into completely uncharted territory to capture him.The £40 million bid is easily a club record for Arsenal’s, with the Gunners desperate to sign a marquee player this summer in order to strengthen their chances of winning the Premier League next season.
Suarez scored 30 goals in 44 appearances last season, but was also on the receiving end of a 10-match ban after he was found guilty of biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. He will serve the remaining six games of that punishment when the new season kicks off.
He is really the complete package good with both feet, comfortable with his head, lethal from set pieces, very skillful and most importantly, will easily fit into the free flowing football ethos that has been enshrined at Arsenal by Wenger.
It seems that Arsenal are now inching closer to the marquee signing the fans were waiting for the past few seasons. Even though Liverpool will be reluctant to sell to a direct rival they don’t seem to have many options either.
Suarez’s transfer had the unfortunate effect of splitting Arsenal’s fans in two. One half felt the signing was inspired and that a Premier League challenge, if not a title, was guaranteed. The other half, however, felt their club had been rash in the transfer market and had paid over the odds for a troublemaker.
Whose side are you on?