Arsene Wenger has been given permission by Arsenal to make a £40 million bid for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, according to reports in the Metro reported.
Arsenal are confident that Suarez will quit Liverpool for a sensational move to the Emirates.Gunners boss Wenger also has Gonzalo Higuain and Wayne Rooney on his radar, but Suarez is his No1 choice.
Liverpool insist that Suarez is not for sale and have already knocked back one approach for Arsenal after claiming their valuation of a £35m package was not enough.Suarez has a £40m clause in his contract which his advisers believe entitles him to leave if any club matches the price.
Suarez’s agent, Pere Guardiola, argues that the sum triggers a release clause and Liverpool have conceded they would have to listen.The bid would represent a hugely decisive move from the Gunners hierarchy as they look to land one of their three main targets.
There is a sense within the London club that they have to make significant moves in the transfer market in the next few days or risk the embarrassing prospect of missing out on all three targets.
Having made the public declaration that Arsenal are now in a financial position to compete with Europe’s big players in the transfer market, missing out on top targets will not at all please the fans.
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Suarez is a player at the peak of his powers and is certainly one of the best strikers in the Premier League and in world football. He is just the calibre of striker Arsenal need to effectively rest the ghosts of Van Persie.
He is really the complete package: good with both feet, comfortable with his head, lethal from set pieces, very skilful and most importantly, will easily fit into the free flowing football ethos that has been enshrined at Arsenal by Wenger.
Arsenal have always had technically gifted strikers in Wenger’s time at the club, with Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry quickly coming to mind, and these were players that could turn games around with a piece of individual brilliance, something Suarez does regularly for Liverpool.
Suarez has had a highly controversial time in England, firstly with the Patrice Evra racial abuse case and then the biting incident involving Branislav Ivanovic, and these events have smeared his reputation in the country.
Wenger needs to weigh the pros and cons of signing Suarez, and although one of the cons would be the non-availability of Suarez for the first six games of the new season, I still think the pros far outweigh the cons because Arsenal would be getting a world-class forward at the peak of his powers.
Even though I claimed pros outweigh the cons, I am still confused whether we want him or not. What do you say Gooners?