Transfer Balls: Luis Suarez leaves Liverpool to be Arsenal’s next Higuain
TRANSFER Balls: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez will not be a Red for much longer if the experts are right:
BBC: “Luis Suarez still wants to leave Liverpool, says his agent”
Luis Suarez’s agent has reiterated the Uruguayan’s desire to play for a Champions League club during talks with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre.
Or as the Liverpool Echo puts it:
Liverpool FC hold ‘positive’ talks with Luis Suarez’s agent
And on Sky Sporta:
Luis Suarez staying at Liverpool, agent tells Sky Sports News
The Daily Express says Suarez wants out:
Suarez’s agent Pere Guardiola, brother of new Bayern Munich coach Pep, is reported to have held scheduled meetings with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre yesterday.
In the first formal communication between the player’s representatives and the club since Suarez publicly aired his dissatisfaction at Anfield, Liverpool received no transfer request from the 26-year-old.
The Uruguayan’s desire to consider playing elsewhere has been made clear – with Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid said to be among his suitors – although he will not force an exit from the Merseyside outfit.
To the Star, that means:
LUIS SUAREZ HOLDS SHOWDOWN TALKS WITH LIVERPOOL – AND HE COULD STAY
But if someone pays a fortune, then… As the Guardian writes:
Liverpool remain adamant that Suárez is not for sale and any suitor would have to offer over £50m to tempt the club into selling their prized asset. That resolve may harden with their leading transfer target for the summer, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, close to joining the Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund from Shakhtar Donetsk and they gave no consideration to Arsenal’s audacious attempt to entice Suárez to the Emirates Stadium.
He’s not for sale but if he were he’d cost you £50m? So, he is for sale, then?
Maybe the player can clear things up? Suarez has been talking to a Uruguay radio station:
“This is in the future. You never know what’s going to happen. A phone call could change my plans. I am talking with my agent and I always have my phone with me in case anything develops. It’s good to know that after everything that’s happened, teams in England still value me as a footballer. There are several options. There are two or three interested clubs and Liverpool know about this.”
Other sites twist his words. This from the Mirror:
It’s good to know that I’m still valued by teams like Arsenal.
The Sun goes even further:
LUIS SUAREZ has sensationally opened the door on a £25million move to Arsenal.
Got that? Arsenal failed with a £30m bid but will succeed with a £25m bid?
That would be the same Arsenal who the Sun said had signed Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain for £23m last week, only for the Daily Telegraph to say that the Gunners have not even tabled a bid for the Argentine?
So. If Suarez is not off to Arsenal, where is he off to? Suarez says
“Friends call me up to ask if I am moving to Chelsea, to which I laugh.“
A Liverpool player heading to Chelsea for £50… Laugh it up.
Liverpool are not a Champions’ League club. Without Suarez they are less likely to be one the season after next. But this is fabled Liverpool, five-time European Cup winners. But as Martin Samuel notes in the Mail:
Unfortunately, all most football players know of history is that they share the opinion of Henry Ford. ‘I wouldn’t give a nickel for all the history in the world,’ the great car manufacturer told the Chicago Tribune in 1916. ‘It means nothing to me. History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today.’
Or put your money on it. The Express thunders:
Bookmakers slash odds on Luis Suarez leaving Liverpool this transfer window
Slash? As in… Yep, one bookie reduced the odds on Suarez leaving Anfield from from 4/11 to 1/3. Top put that slashing into more details, a £10 bet at odds of 4/11 would see a return of £13.64. But now the odds have been “slashed” that same bet would give you a haul of £13.33.
Such are the facts.