Luis Suarez has confirmed that he wants to join Arsenal, after the London club put in a $61million bid for the Uruguayan, however Liverpool have rejected the offer and will only consider selling him for $77million.
Liverpool feel that Suarez is worth the same price, if not more, that Edison Cavani, who joined Paris Saint Germain from Napoli for $84million earlier this month.
Suarez joined Liverpool from Ajax in January for $34.9million, and he has since gone on to become one of the club’s most feared players, scoring 30 goals in 44 appearances last season.
However, he has also been a highly controversial figure during his stay at Anfield. In 2011 he was banned for six games after he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, whilst he is currently in the middle of a 10 game suspension after he bit Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in April.
Arsenal will smash their transfer record if they land Suarez for the sum of $77million. Their current transfer record is $26.9million for Jose Antonio Reyes, which they paid in 2004.
Liverpool’s owner, John Henry, who also owns the Boston Red Sox, took to Twitter to register his disgust at Arsenal’s bid. Henry wrote, “What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?”
Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool’s manager, discussed the situation after his side’s 2-0 friendly victory over Melbourne Victory, on Tuesday evening.
Rodgers remarked, “There’s nothing new to report, he is very much a Liverpool player and over the course of the next coupe of weeks we’ve got to get him up to speed.”
However he looked to remind Suarez of the club’s support of the player through his turmoil, with the Northern Irishman stating, “”The support he has received from the supporters and the people of the city of Liverpool has been unrivalled. In this period of time he’s missed a lot of games for the club through various reasons. The people have stood by him like a son and really looked after him. Whatever happens in the coming weeks that will be in his mind because it’s something you can never forget.”