Just as you thought the Luis Suarez saga would go on and on into the latter stages of the transfer window, something unexpected happened – in what is somewhat ironic, Luis Suarez came out and used the “horrible British media” to give his side of the story.
In interviews with The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph, the Uruguay striker revealed all regarding the situation with Liverpool, and how he is prepared to submit a transfer request by the end of the week if the club continue to block his move to Arsenal. He also stated that he is willing to take the case to the Premier League and already has the backing of the Professional Footballer’s Association.
So in basic terms, he has burnt all bridges with Liverpool Football Club.
He also picked up on some other issues, including the comments made by David Brent… I mean Brendan Rogers. I’ve already questioned what they were smoking over there at Anfield, with Rogers saying “Arsenal lack class” and his methods for valuing players. Despite saying that Suarez was not for sale (and then admitting if the price was right then they might consider it) and that Suarez understood the club position not to sell, Suarez said:
“I spoke with Brendan Rodgers several times and he told me: ‘Stay another season, and you have my word if we don’t make it then I will personally make sure that you can leave.'”
So another lie from the classless Brendan Rogers then.
Rogers has also stated several times that Liverpool would never sell a player, particularly Suarez, to another Premier League rival. But in what will sting for Liverpool fans and their management, Luis Suarez makes it clear he doesn’t think that Arsenal are Liverpool’s rivals:
“It is not as if I am asking to move to a local rival. And I would not consider moving to a club outside the Champions League. I have made my desire to move known in private various times and now it feels like the time for me to make it public.
Well apart from being completely hilarious, it would suggest it is now make or break time. It is undeniable that the relationship between Arsenal and Liverpool is an extremely fractious one. Liverpool believe that Arsenal have made derisory bids, and lack class with their £40 million and £1 bid to trigger a release clause. Despite Suarez’s public declaration that he wants to leave, I would fully expect this to still be a very messy affair.
As Arseblog has already suggested, with Liverpool’s very public defiance to sell and with their American owner using Twitter to “have a pop” at Arsenal, they will not want to lose face in this situation and make it very hard for us to complete any transfer for the player. Even with Suarez coming out and basically cutting all ties with the Anfield club, they won’t make it easy for us to get him.
He still has 3 years left on his Liverpool contract but in our favour is the fact Luis Suarez is very proactive in making his move away – he did the same kind of thing when he wanted to move to Ajax from Groningen in 2007.
So now is a very sensitive time in the whole saga and any wrong move could jeopardise any deal between the clubs. The most likely outcome is that Arsenal will have to offer Liverpool a slightly improved bid so they can save face. I would be extremely shocked if even after Suarez puts in a transfer request and takes the case to the Premier League, that Liverpool would accept the offer of £40 million plus £1. I would say a bid of around £45 million would probably be enough to end this saga once and for all.
But will Arsene Wenger play hardball and stick to his “classless” and now famous offer of £40 million and £1 and hope Liverpool crack?
We’ll have to wait and see.