One of the most controversial football players in the world at the moment, Luis Suarez, has announced that he would like to start playing for a Champions League team, which originally spurred on the interest of Arsenal. Ever since he received a 10 match ban with Liverpool for biting the arm of Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanović, Luis Suarez has expressed his feelings of wanting to leave Liverpool for a bigger team in the Champions League. However, Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers, has announced that he does not want Suarez leaving the Reds, despite the Uruguayans wishes.
Originally, Luis Suarez expressed his feelings towards moving to Spain to play for Real Madrid, but after they never made an official move, Arsenal started bidding on the player. Their first offer for the striker was valued at £35 million which Liverpool swiftly rejected claiming the striker was not for sale. Nevertheless, Arsenal persisted and later offered a new bizarre deal of £40 million and £1, which was made to trigger a clause in Suarez’s contract meaning that he can now speak to Arsenal if he pleases.
After the £40,000,001 bid from Arsenal, Liverpool’s owner John Henry tweeted, “What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?” This gave the opinion that the offer was way too low, or the fact that the Gunners were never going to capture Suarez and he was staying at Anfield. On the other hand, now that Arsenal have offered his clause in his contract, Liverpool had no choice but to let Luis Suarez speak to the Gunners. Previously, Rodgers compared the asking price for Suarez to the price of Edinson Cavani, who cost Paris St-Germain (PSG) £55 million.
Luis Suarez made his first appearance for Liverpool since the biting incident in a pre-season friendly 2-0 victory over Melbourne Victory FC, assisting a goal after coming on 18 minutes from time. Despite this, he will still have to miss the first 6 matches of next season as he has to complete his ban, whether he plays for Liverpool or Arsenal. At the pre-season friendly, the Liverpool fans still looked as though they want Suarez to stay, cheering with applause as the Uruguayan came on from the bench.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers commented after the match, “The support Luis Suarez has received from the supporters and the people of the city of Liverpool has been unrivalled. In this period of time he’s missed a lot of games for the club through various reasons. The people have stood by him like a son and really looked after him. Whatever happens in the coming weeks that will be in his mind because it’s something you can never forget.”
While Liverpool seem confident that they will keep Luis Suarez, after he scored 30 goals from 44 games last season and finished as the second highest goal scorer in the Premier League, it would be difficult to resist if Arsenal continue to raise their bid. It would be a record deal for Arsenal who have previously paid £17.5 million for Jose Antonio Reyes in 2004, the most the Gunners have ever paid for a player. Luis Suarez wants to play for a Champions League side and Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League next year, but will the Uruguayan move to London or stay in Liverpool?
Author Daniel Foster.
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