Over the course of the last week, one of the summer’s most tedious transfer sagas has taken a turn.
Luis Suarez, Liverpool’s troublesome Uruguayan had repeatedly stated his desire to leave Anfield this summer, first flirting with Real Madrid and then batting eyelashes with Arsenal.
Whilst it’s never been clear exactly what level of interest Real Madrid have in the striker, the Gunners have placed two concrete bids for the player, one for £30m, the other for just over £40m.
What with the way Suarez has manipulated the Press this summer (his arch-nemesis, no less), things seemed to be heading towards a conclusion where the Uruguayan forward would soon be packing his suitcases and leaving the club who have supported him for so long.
And yet earlier this week we heard from a Uruguayan journalist who claimed:
“Luis Suarez confirms to me he will not leave Liverpool. The support of the fans has influenced his decision. Suarez sees it as likely that he’ll sign a renewal (extension) to the contract that binds him to Liverpool.”
This was news to Liverpool fans’ ears. Naturally, however, they wanted confirmation from the man himself. That arrived when the player told El Observador (via The Mirror): “For now, due to all of the people’s affection (for me), I will be staying.”
This is a strange change of heart from Luis Suarez. Whilst the Reds have been supportive during pre-season games, Suarez himself has never really looked interested. What’s more, some of the vitriol that fans have directed towards Suarez has been shocking.
It’s the news of Suarez’s desire to sign a new contract that’s most shocking. Could it be that the verbal promises that were made towards the Uruguayan regarding his future, will be made binding through a new contract? It’ll certainly be interesting to see how this develops.
As for Arsenal, it’s time to move on. Unfortunately for the Gunners all the best strikers have already switched clubs this summer. Arsene Wenger must be kicking himself that he didn’t go in for Gonzalo Higuain when he had the opportunity.
This raises the question: who should Arsenal look at now? I won’t attempt to answer that question now, but it’s clear the Gunners need to keep pushing ahead. Signing another striker could be essential to the club’s chances of success next season.
What’s your take? Is it time for the Gunners to start chasing another striker?
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