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Transfer Balls: Liverpool sell Luis Suarez to Arsenal and Chelsea in time for ‘massive game’

by | 5th, July 2013

Luis Saurez signs real madrid

TRANSFER Balls: A look at Liverpool’s Luis Suarez in the news. When we last saw Suarez he was being misquoted and sent packing o Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. This is the more recent news (since June 30):

July 5

Daily Express: “Chelsea swoop for Liverpool’s Suarez”

Swoop? The Blues have triggered Suarez’s £40m release clause to do for his career what they did for Fernando Torres?

According to reports in Spain, Chelsea are on the verge of launching a £34m bid to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez with the Uruguayan set to be offered a £4.7m a season to join. 

You can trust those reports in Spain about the Liverpool player on his way to a London club. Spain is the go-to place for such inside knowledge. Recently reports in Spain told us that Gareth Bale was on his way to Real Madrid.

July 4

Daily Express: “Liverpool star Luis Suarez backed for shock switch to Arsenal”

Who backs him?

William Hill suspended betting on the market last night, while Paddy Power today price Suarez at 5/2 to join Arsene Wenger’s side – shorter odds than the 26-year is to move to long-term admirers Bayern Munich (7/1).

Real Madrid remain the 8/11 favourites, and with Arsenal set to bring in £22m Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid, a move to snatch the La Liga outfit’s target looks unlikely.

This is news reporting based on betting patterns. The Express fails to tell readers how big the market in Suarez is. No newspaper tells us. You might be able to move the market for as little as a few hundred pounds. This would give the bookmaker a press release that willing newspapers lap up.

Experts tells the Daily Mirror the betting “would suggest they have heard something substantial”.

Or that someone in the bookies PR company stuck £50 on Suarez to the Gunners.

What say the ex players?

Steve Nicole, former Liverpool star, says selling to a “rival” like Arsenal or Chelsea is “madness“. Another former Red, Jan Molby, says “I think he’s made it pretty clear that he would like to try something new, including playing at a club that’s in the Champions League.”

Cue the Daily Mirror to tell us: “Luis Suarez has three weeks to sort out his future.”

What happens after three weeks?

After that, the controversial striker will be expected to knuckle down and commit himself to the Liverpool cause.

And if he still wants to leave or a big offer for him is received..?

The Uruguay international has been given until Monday July 22 to take a holiday in South America following Confederations Cup duty that only ended last Sunday, before reporting back to the club he has repeatedly said he wants to leave. No decision has yet been made on precisely where the forward will be told to join his team-mates, but it is almost certain he will be ordered to take part in the Reds’ tour of the Far East and Australia.

The three-week deadline is because Suarez is on holiday. And when it’s over, sod the Champions’ League, Suarez has got this to look forward to:

That could mean Melbourne, and the massive game Liverpool will play on July 24 at the Aussie city’s world-famous cricket ground. Far more likely is the prospect of him returning for the last leg of the tour, when the Reds meet a Thailand XI in Bangkok on July 28.

Saurez will be gutted to miss that.

July 2

Daily Star: “LUIS SUAREZ could still be a Liverpool player next season after Real Madrid cooled their interest in signing him.”

But the Star’s sister paper, the Express, says Real and hot favourites to sign Suarez? Are we to deduce from this that betting patterns count for nothing? And the Star does say on July 4:


It’s getting confusing.

More transfer balls every day…



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