Liverpool owner John Henry insists that it is too late in the summer to sell striker Luis Suarez, describing the Uruguayan’s mooted switch to top four rivals Arsenal as ‘ludicrous’, while also warning Real Madrid off by stating their player is going nowhere.
Henry’s colourful interventions in the Suarez transfer saga include a ‘what are they smoking at Arsenal?’ tweet and rubbishing the rumours at a Liverpool Supporters’ Club meeting in Oslo, but his latest interview – in which he also claims to have warned Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis against bidding for the player before the Gunners £40m plus one pound offer – will cheer Reds fans hoping to keep their star player at the club.
The Anfield chairman also states that Suarez’s agent Pere Guardiola was warned at the start of the summer that if a deal could not be done early in the transfer window, leaving Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers plenty of time to sign an adequate replacement, it would not happen at all.
Arsenal – who are 4/7 to finish in the top four for the 18th consecutive year – haven’t given up hope of luring last season’s 23-goal forward to north London and manager Arsene Wenger recently described the deal as ‘on-standby’, with over three weeks of the transfer window still to elapse.
After losing Robin van Persie to Manchester United a year ago, Wenger saw his side struggle to cope without the Dutchman’s goals last season, with replacement centre-forwards Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski just about getting into double figures in the league and Ivorian international Gervinho sold to Roma, after a couple of underwhelming years in England.
Having already lost out to Napoli in the race for Gonzalo Higuain, Wenger will fight to keep the Suarez deal alive, but with Henry and Rodgers digging their heels in over the South American goal-machine he may have to look elsewhere, with young Frenchman Yaya Sanogo the sole arrival in the striking ranks at the Emirates so far this summer.