Arsenal have received a huge blow in their pursuit of Luis Suarez after the Liverpool striker admitted defeat in his dispute with the club over a supposed ‘buy-out’ clause, according to reports in Mirror.
The report claims that the Gunners submitted a bid of £40,000,001 last week on the insistence of Suarez’s advisers who thought that the figure would be enough to trigger an automatic release clause in the strikers contract. However Liverpool firmly rejected that stance and dismissed the bid immediately, which lead to a stalemate with the striker threatening to take the case to a Premier League arbitration hearing to settle the dispute.
Mirror are now reporting that Suarez has accepted that the key clause in his contract is not a buy-out clause and the clause just states that Liverpool are just obliged to inform about the bid to the player.
A source close to Liverpool’s American owners told Mirror: ‘We’ve all examined the clause in detail. All it obliges is good faith negotiations about Luis’s future. There is absolutely no obligation to sell and that is very clear.‘We are 100 per cent confident.’
Rodgers recently claimed that he thinks Suarez is worth just as much as Edinson Cavani, who has completed a move to Paris Saint-German in a £55 million deal.And that could be the fee Arsenal have to stump up if they want to sign the striker this summer.
Suarez is due to report back to training at Melwood along with his team-mates today after returning to Merseyside on Monday after the conclusion of the club’s pre-season tour.
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It leaves the 26-year-old pondering his next move, with Liverpool reluctant to sell and only seriously contemplating any bids above £50 m. While Suarez has indicated to Arsenal he is prepared to force a move to the Emirates, he is reluctant to submit a transfer request.
With Arsenal reluctant to increase their bid and Liverpool refusing to go any less than £50 m the deal looks to be going no where. The ball is in Arsenal’s court now, either they should put up an improved bid or forget signing him. This news will come as a bitter blow to Arsene Wenger as he battles to try and bring in some marquee names this summer.
It leaves the situation finely balanced and Suarez must now decide how much he really wants to leave Anfield this summer. He still has the option of submitting a formal transfer request to try and force through a move but that would mean he gives up lucrative loyalty bonuses, so it remains to be seen whether this is a step he’s willing to take.
Arsenal should now move quickly onto other targets because the transfer deadline is just one month away and Arsenal are no where near any marquee signing as they promised. Arsenal need to bring in a striker at any cost to have any chance of challenging for League title. As the days are passing by Arsenal fans are getting more and more frustrated and unless the board spends the rumored £70 m war chest this summer they wont see many happy faces in the stands next season.
Should Arsenal go back with an improved bid for Suarez?