Liverpool’s American Chairman John Henry told supporters in Norway that Luis Suarez won’t be going anywhere this summer, but the controversial goal-getter is ready to break the deadlock over his contract by enlisting the help of the Premier League in a bid to reignite a move to either Arsenal or Real Madrid.
Henry’s ‘what are they smoking at Arsenal’ tweet following the Gunners’ £40m plus £1 bid was the cause of much mirth last month, but if Suarez is right about the disputed release clause it could be the Anfield club who are left in a daze.
Liverpool – who are 21/50 to beat Valerenga in this evening’s Oslo friendly – still insist that the clause merely compels them to inform Suarez of any bid over £40m and Brendan Rodgers has so far refused to react to his player’s blatant posturing.
The former Groningen and Ajax striker’s conduct throughout his career has been deservedly criticised, but a record of 139 league goals in 240 games since starting out eight years ago at Nacional shows why Rodgers is so keen to keep him, and why Arsene Wenger is willing to pay well over three times Arsenal’s record transfer fee on a player capable of doing great harm to the club’s reputation.
The sting in the tail for Arsenal is that if they and Suarez are right and the Premier League rules that the fee should be set at effectively £40m, Suarez believes Real Madrid will be back in for him after cooling their interest when the bidding increased, as well as becoming distracted by the move for Gareth Bale.
Madrid is Suarez’s preferred destination and if Los Blancos flounder in their pursuit of Tottenham winger Bale, then the tricky Uruguayan could find himself at the Bernabeu before long.