Once again we’re in a situation where a signing of a striker is turning into a massive saga. The rumours, suspected deals and negotiations seemed to take forever and in the end we were all majorly disappointed, and Higuain ended up joining Napoli. For whatever reason (Napoli swooping in or Real Madrid hiking up the price), we just seem incapable of sealing deals.
And onto Luis Suarez.
We put in a first bid of £30 million which was immediately turned down. Then we offered the famous £40 million and £1 because we believed that it would trigger a clause in Suarez’s contract. It’s not 100% clear if that’s true and as Liverpool are adamant there is no such clause it seems as if Arsenal have been fed misinformation on the matter.
So we’re in a kind of purgatory, and Arsenal fans are used to this by now.
You can only assume Liverpool want an improved offer, somewhere in the region of £50 million, while Arsenal want him for £40 million or only slightly more. If Arsenal were willing to pay £50 million plus then they would have done it by now.
But then again, it could be some gamesmanship from Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. It is clear to every man and his dog that Luis Suarez wants to leave, and the longer the transfer window goes on, the more desperate Liverpool will become. It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that Arsene will wait until the 11th hour and then put in a final day bid of something like £43 million and hope Liverpool cut their loses. Anything to get a deal right?
So do you think the deal will happen or will this be another missed opportunity?
All along I’ve said the transfer wouldn’t happen, because of this attitude and reputation, the fact it would completely smash our previous transfer record and because I had a feeling that the “bidding” for Suarez was posturing, partly because we all know Liverpool wouldn’t take £30 or £40 million.
But call it blind faith or optimism, but at this moment I am not 100% sure it won’t happen. There’s a part of me that thinks that Arsene could put a rabbit out of the hat and actually make a big signing.
Will it happen? Leave what you think in the comments below!