Arsenal have had a bid for Liverpool’s want away striker Luis Suarez rejected. The formal bid of £30million from Arsene Wengers side has been rejected by the Anfield club.
The offer comes somewhat as a surprise as Arsenals efforts were believed to be primarily focused on securing the signature of Real Madrid’s Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain.
Arsenal have taken many by surprise with their robust approach to the transfer window and have made approaches for Higuain and Clement Grenier as well as being linked with Gareth Barry, Mouranne Fellaini and Wayne Rooney.
Liverpool will though, still be hopeful of retaining the services of the Uruguayan striker; despite the ban, despite the baggage and despite the players want to leave.
Liverpool have already failed in their attempts to bring Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Anfield, largely believed to be related to the fact that the players head was turned by the prospect of Champions League Football elsewhere. If Brendan Rodgers does want to have Liverpool give themselves their best chance in qualifying in what promises to be open league this coming season; keeping Suarez at the club, even for one more season could prove paramount in doing so.
Speaking recently on the likelihood of Liverpool selling the adroit forward, Rodgers was in bullish form, telling Talk Sport: “It’s quite simple, the club is in complete control of the situation. For me there is no real change in it. He’s away with the Uruguay squad at the moment and we’re messaging and what not. I will always listen to players. I always work closely with players and listen to their point of view but the biggest word is with the club.”
Rodgers added: “Sometimes interviews get put out there and highlighted, but parts of Luis’ interviews have been about how much he loves Liverpool, but of course that doesn’t get highlighted. It’s something that happens. I’m quite relaxed about it.”
“What I know is that the support Luis has had from the people here in Liverpool, the city and the football club has been phenomenal and I know he feels that and respects that. We’re in a situation where we’ve got a player who we don’t want to lose. We’re trying to build something here and he’s a very important part of that and because of the type of player he is he will always give his best.”
If Arsene Wenger does return with higher bids and is successful in the signature of the much sought after striker, it would be a considerable coup for a manager previously criticized for his lack of adventure in the transfer market. Whether he does make another bold move though remains to be seen. But with Rodgers digging his heals in it could be a futile pursuit. The coming weeks could prove for interesting developments.