The Gunners have placed a bid of £40m + £1 for the Uruguayan, which the player believes triggers a buy out clause in his contract if it comes from a club who have qualified for the UEFA Champions League.
However, Liverpool say that is not the case and owner John W Henry is adamant the player will not be sold to Arsenal for any price.
Asked if Henry’s statement will make him abandon his pursuit of Suarez, Wenger said:
No because we are in the middle of the transfer period and we are looking at possibilities to strengthen our squad.
I didn’t read his statements but that’s how it will work or not work. We’ll be faithful to the way we want to behave.
I’ve nothing to add to what I said already about the transfer of Suarez. If it will be done, it will be done in a respectful way with Liverpool.
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To make a transfer happen you need the agreement of three parties – the buyer, the seller and the player. We know we want to do.
Liverpool at the moment do not agree. Whether they change their mind or not we don’t know. We’ll respect that.
Suarez is one of the targets. If he’s not for sale, he’s not for sale we have to accept that.
Asked if it was feasible for Liverpool to keep a player who is so clearly unhappy at Anfield, Wenger said:
That’s not for me to assess that. I don’t know the relations between the player and the club.
Every situation is different. I was in that situation with Robin van Persie last year but Van Persie had a one-year contract so the situation was a bit different. Every club has its own way to deal with things. We have our own way and we respect that all the other clubs.
Wenger admitted that Arsenal’s Champions League eliminator against Fenerbahce is a ‘strange situation’. He added:
It’s a strange situation. They are basically suspended. It is a strange situation in different ways.
They have been suspended to play in Europe, have appealed to a tribunal to the Arbitration of Sport. On top of that, nobody knows if they lose the case what will happen. It’s a very strange situation.
But it’s a difficult draw. Fenerbahce is a strong team with history in the Champions League. They have good players who have played in England – Yobo, Dirk Kuyt.
I looked at their squad and there is a lot of experience. We need to have a good performance and I am confident we can go through but it is a big task.
So it seems we’ve not quite given up hope just yet, despite Liverpool’s insistence that they will not sell. It does make you wonder why Arsene seems to have so much confidence that a deal can still be done.
This ‘clause’ appears to be a dead end, with PFA chief executive Peter Taylor confirming there is no strict buy-out clause, therefore Liverpool are under no obligation to sell.
It was yesterday reported Arsenal had missed out on the chance to bring former Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain to the club, despite having agreed personal terms with the player, as they were holding out for the signing of Suarez. This is what happens when you put all of your eggs in one basket. Higuain was there for the taking, but Wenger insisted on pursuing Suarez, no matter how unlikely the transfer seemed.
Now there’s the very real possibility Arsenal will lose out on Suarez too and leave little-to-no time for the club to bring in quality reinforcements. One clear option in front of Arsenal is to switch their attentions to Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. The Englishman is said to be fed up at not being first choice at the club, and is said to have his heart set on a move away, similar to Suarez at Liverpool.
Chelsea have been pursuing Wayne Rooney, said to have had two bids rejected, neither of which have broken the £30 million mark. If Arsenal slapped a £40 million bid down at United, it would certainly make them consider it far more than Chelsea’s opening bids.
What say Gooners?