Transfer balls: Arsenal and Real Madrid swap £50m in chase for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez
TRANSFER Balls: A look at Liverpool’s Luis Suarez – the most despicable / foreign man in Great British sport:
Daily Star: “Luis Suarez is top of the rude league”
FOOTBALLERS have been named the rudest people in Britain.
So. Not Suarez, then. The headline might just as easily declare that David Beckham is top of this PR-company created rude league.
Daily Mirror: “Arsenal lead Luis Suarez transfer race as Liverpool star is valued at just £25m by Real Madrid”
Liverpool have already rebuffed Arsenal’s opening gambit of £30m plus £5m in add-ons with a strong message that the 26-year-old Uruguayan is not for sale at any price.
But it is understood Suarez’s representatives are making encouraging noises to Arsenal, and other potential suitors, suggesting that if a bid of £40m is made then Liverpool will have to sell…
Which they don’t.
There is a growing feeling at Arsenal that they have a genuine chance of signing Suarez, who is now their No1 transfer priority.
This leads to the Sun’s tortuous headline:
And the news that Suarez’s is on his knees:
Suarez prays for £40m bid..
The player has three years left on his deal and faces the prospect of being held to that if the Kop stick to their guns.
The only prospect of that situation altering is if he puts in a transfer request — something Guardiola and Suarez insist is not on the cards.
This is what Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, says:
“It happened to us (with van Persie). It can happen to them (United). But anyway, Rooney is under contract. He has two years to go. It’s Man United who make a decision.”
Wenger has not said a word in public on Suarez.
Suarez has three seasons left on his contract. Van Persie has only one when he agitated to leave Arsenal.
“We push every week. We work on it (transfers) but the competition in Europe is very hard at the moment. There’s a lot of money and not many players. We are, at the moment, not specifically after one name. We have not the problem of the wages of Wayne Rooney but it’s very difficult for us to talk about any specific case. I admire everybody who is a top striker, but at the moment we work well but we are not close to sign anybody. As soon as we will be, we’ll let you know.”
Given that Arsenal’s £18.5m bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender was predicted by no-one in the media, Wenger might yet pull out a surprise.
Elsewhere in the Mirror, we’re told:
Sources close to Real are hinting the Bernabeu outfit are ready to offer striker Gonzalo Higuain – who, not co-incidentally is a long-term target for Arsenal, who are also being linked with Suarez – plus around £10million in cash.
We’re told that Madrid value Higuain at £30m. How does that tally with Madrid valuing Suarez at £25m?
The Examiner ups that to:
Now that the London club continues to drag out their potential transfers, news has broken that Real Madrid has entered the race for Suarez and are willing to potentially offer the Reds Gonzalo Higuain plus a cash deal of £25m to take the unsettled Uruguayan to the Santiago Bernabeu.
That would valuing Suarez at over £50m. And is “willing to potentially” do something a fact worth reporting?
This site says:
CaughtOffside understands that Wenger is willing to let the Merseyside club take their pick of Thomas Vermaelen, Gervinho or Aaron Ramsey plus £28 million in cash.
So. Arsenal will get Suarez for less money and get rid of “flop player” Gervinho and the troublesome Belgian. Liverpool won’t be able to resist. As for fans’ favourite Aaron Ramsey leaving Arsenal, he won’t be. But the Gunners will get Suarez. Won’t they?
Fanatix.com: “Arsenal favourites to land Liverpool’s Luis Suarez”
Goal.com: “Real Madrid favourites for Luis Suarez’s signature”
More transfer balls every day….