Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Suarez to Arsenal? Analysis:

A transfer saga is building in England now.... and it surprisngly has nothing to do with Welsh winger Gareth Bale. 

A mock-up picture of what Luis Suarez would look like in an Arsenal shirt next season..

Top quality: Suarez has scored 51 goals in 96 appearances for Liverpool since he signed from Ajax in 2010.

Instead, Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal. He has been the centre of media attention, ever since he joined Liverpool (remember the Evra racism row) including the past few months when the Ivanovic biting incident occured towards the end of the season. 

He has now had enough of Liverpool, and has handed in a transfer request with immediate effect. Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern were all reportedly interested in the striker, but;

  • Real are yet to make a formal offer for him
  • PSG have signed Edison Cavani for £55million pounds
  • Bayern Munich are reportedly ready to sign rival striker Robert Lewandowski from Dortmund
So, Arsenal are favourites in the running for Suarez. This is understandable, because he is one of the best strikers in the world despite his controversial personality and drama on the pitch. 

The Gunners have been linked with many players over the past few years, but none really have actually gone through. Wenger has not been spending big money in the transfer window for top-class players like Suarez so that Arsenal can challenge for trophies properly again, not having another average season and getting all the fans disgruntled at their poor performances.   

Stefan Jovetic moved to Manchester City for £25million pounds last week, and other Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain signed for Napoli today after a problem with the transfer fee between The Gunners and Real Madrid. This is why they have focused their attention on Suarez, who is visibly unsettled and wants to leave Liverpool.

Welcome to England: Fiorentina accepted a £25million fee for Stefan Jovetic to moneybags Manchester City

Blow: Gonzalo Higuain was heavily linked with a £25million move to Arsenal, but Napoli offered more and...

Reports suggest that Arsenal made a £40million pound bid (+ £1) for Suarez last night, which may sound ridiculous and baffling but it is a cheeky attempt by AW and the board to activate Suarez's release clause - which is anything above £40million pounds. 

Therefore, even if Liverpool were to try and reject Arsenal's new offer for Suarez, they would have to notify Suarez first to see what he wants because he is in principle allowed to leave now that Arsenal have offered the transfer fee.
The positive for Arsenal here is Suarez has admitted that he is flattered by their interest, and has actually now told the club that he wants to speak to Arsenal. So, he could end up forcing a move out of the club.

This may all seem confusing at the minute, especially for Liverpool and Arsenal fans for different reasons (Liverpool want to keep their clinical talisman and Arsenal are unsure whether he will stay or go like the rest). Either way, all of this has sparked interest from around the world, and it will be interesting to see how it all ends. It is not over yet though... 

Pressure: Wenger is under increasing pressure to sign a new top-class striker before the end of the window.