Liverpool are still as big as 39/20 with bwin to hang on to Luis Suarez beyond the summer transfer window despite manager Brendan Rodgers today warning Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea that “unless something drastic happens” the striker will be staying at Anfield.
The subject of Suarez’s future has been one of the biggest talking points of the transfer window, with the Uruguayan pushing for a move through consistent public statements that he is unhappy at the club.
As of yet, Arsenal are the only side that have tabled a bid, and their £30m offer was rejected out of hand by Liverpool last week.
Liverpool have remained steadfast in their position that the player is not for sale and with three years left on Suarez’s contract, the Reds believe they are in a strong opposition as they look to build a squad that can finish in the Champions League places.
But braced for further bids for the forward, who hit 30 goals last season, Rodgers was today adamant he expects Suarez to be at Anfield next term.
“He is a wonderful player. And he is still very much a Liverpool player,” Rodgers said. “No matter who the player is, nobody is bigger than Liverpool Football Club.
“Luis is a very important member of this squad and I am looking forward to working with him again this season. There has been lots of speculation about Luis moving to another club but, as I said, he is very much a Liverpool player.
“We had an offer that was nowhere near what we value him at. Of course he wants to work and play at the top level. But unless something drastic happens, he will be staying here. He has got three years left on his contract.”
Despite the comments, bwin still go 39/20 that Suarez is at Anfield on September 4th and make Real Madrid the favourites to be Suarez’s club next season, going 23/20 he makes a move to the Bernabeu.
Arsenal are expected to go back with an improved bid, and the Gunners are 51/20 to pull off what would be a sensational transfer coup.
Chelsea, who have also been linked with the forward, are 6/1 to make a transfer happen, while Suarez is 11/1 and upwards to sign for any other teams.