Just when it seemed that Arsenal’s pursuit of Luis Suarez was dead in the water – after journalist Martin Charquero suggested the striker had confirmed he would be staying at Liverpool on Twitter – there is hope anew for Gooners who want him at the Emirates this season, with the Uruguayan denying he had ever made such comments.
Speaking after he scored one goal and created another in his nation’s 4-2 victory over Japan, Suarez – 12/1 to earn the Premier League’s golden boot this term – denied ever having suggested that he was staying put at Anfield.
Comments attributed to Suarez by Uruguayan paper El Observador suggesting the striker would stay at Liverpool had seemed finally to close the door on the long discussed move, coming as they did on the back of a statement from owner John W. Henry that it would be “ludicrous” to sell the player to a rival club such as Arsenal.
However, the Uruguayan hitman’s latest refusal to admit defeat in his bid to leave the club has strengthened Arsenal’s will to test Anfield resolve with a new offer, reported by The Telegraph to be in the region of £49m.
The same newspaper believe that an offer of that magnitude would be one Liverpool would have to consider and it certainly seems far more in keeping with the £50m-plus fees shelled out by PSG and Monaco for Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani than the Londoners’ initial offer of £25m.
Just how strong the Gunners’ desire is to bring in the Uruguayan – who has scored 51 goals in 96 outings for a Liverpool team incapable of finishing higher than sixth in the Premier League since he joined the club – was indicated by the BBC’s David Ornstein, who reported that the club had put their move for Gonzalo Higuain on hold in order to pursue the Liverpool man.
Nonetheless, Suarez is now as short as 1/4 to be at Anfield when the transfer window closes, with the Gunners drifting from one-time equal favouritism to be his employer at that juncture to 4/1 second favourites in the market.