Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has told Arsenal that they should forget about signing Luis Suarez unless they are willing to offer £55million for the Uruguayan who has been the subject of much speculation this summer.
Suarez’s agent Pere Guardiola are angling for a move away from Anfield this summer but doo not want to damage his reputation at the club following their loyalty to him over his racism and biting controversies since joining from Ajax, a fact Rodgers believes should be kept in mind when Suarez considers his future.
While his manager feels he should show a similar to loyalty to Liverpool Suraez wants a fresh start and would ideally prefer to move to Real Madrid who have yet to make a formal approach fro the player, though the La Liga giants are believed to be considering putting together a bid in the coming weeks.
As it stands though Arsenal are the only option out of Liverpool for Suarez but Rodgers warned yesterday that no deal will be struck until the club’s valuation of the player is met.
“If Arsenal want the player, then they have to produce the value for the player,” Rodgers said yesterday. “There was an offer two weeks ago of £35m. Two weeks later it is now £40m and £1 – I don’t think it is anywhere near what he is worth. But it is two-fold, really. A player may want to go but then somebody has to pay the value of that player. It is not something we want to run on too long. It is something that can’t run on too long and that period will come soon.”
Arsenal’s bid of £1 over Liverpool’s contractual threshold of £40million whereby they must inform the player of the bid was mocked by Liverpool’s owner John Henry when he tweeted, “What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?”
The bid was designed to spark Suarez and Guardiola into agitating for a move away but with the player holding out for Madrid who have just confirmed the sale of other Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain for £35million it may just mean that Liverpool are more receptive to dealing with the Spanish club.
Rodgers has said that he has no worries about Suarez’s commitment for preseason and beyond should he remain at the club beyond the summer.
“It may be a distraction, but players are paid enough money now to produce for their clubs and he just has to keep his professionalism, which he has done,” he said.
The Liverpool goalkeeper José Reina, meanwhile, has passed a medical before a proposed season-long loan move to Napoli.