With Arsenal’s latest bid for Luis Suarez coming early on Wednesday morning, one would have been forgiven for thinking that the Gunners were set to land the controversial Uruguayan, however, the latest revelations seem to reveal otherwise.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Arsene Wenger’s latest bid of just over £40 million – and just over by a pound – has caused outrage among Liverpool fans and backroom staff, prompting some to criticise the London-based side for their odd transfer etiquette.
Liverpool owner John W. Henry took to twitter on Wednesday morning to voice his distaste at the manner of Arsenal’s bid, tweeting in what appeared to be quite a tongue-in-cheek manner ”What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?”
What do you think they're smoking over there at Emirates?
— John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) July 24, 2013
Of course, the bid has triggered a specific clause in Suarez’s contract which means that he now hast to be alerted to Arsenal’s interest. No doubt, he already knew of the interest they had expressed in him with their previous offer, but nonetheless, the switch seems to be now be in the Uruguayan international’s hands.
With Liverpool having rejected the offer, it remains to be seen what Arsenal’s next offer will be.
Many Merseyside supporters will be hoping that if they do let go of their best striker - who netted 23 league goals last season – they will do so for the right amount.
Some speculative figures starting to swirl around already have suggested that the fee might reach as high as £50 million.
However it’s still quite difficult to envisage Brendan Rodgers letting the player go to one of their biggest Premier League rivals, and, as reported by The Irish Independent a few days ago, may well hold out for a bid from a Spanish club where Suarez would most like to play.
Liverpool are 28/1 with Boylesports to win the Premier League, while Arsenal are 10/1.