GMS Academy member Jaspreet Mann offers his opinion on the Luis Suarez transfer saga...
When you think he is going to go one way, he puts the ball through your legs and you’re stood where wanting to know where it all went wrong…
The question I’m going to ask is; why would Suarez want to move to Arsenal and why would Arsenal want to sign him?
The obvious response is that he wants to play Champions League football, which is all well and good. However you surely would want to play in Europe’s top competition at a team that is going to stand a chance of winning it, right?
Arsenal are no doubt one of England’s top teams, they have been in the Champions League every season since 1997. However, with teams such as Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Dortmund and Real Madrid all getting stronger, plus Man City and Chelsea, you really wouldn’t put any money on Arsenal winning the tournament any time soon.
You can even go as far to say that this season there is the strongest chance yet that they might not even qualify for the Champions League. Tottenham are ever improving under the excellent Andre Villas-Boas, Chelsea and Man City have spent big money and Man Utd even though they have David Moyes in charge, are not going to drop to fifth over the course 12 months.
2. Real Madrid
There is interest but at this stage there is not yet a firm offer, not even a hint that one is close. And yet, Real are set to sell Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli and are now a striker short and £31m better off, although that does not necessarily mean that a bid for Suarez will follow.
In the past the Liverpool striker has admitted it "would be difficult to say no" to Madrid, but there are suggestions that some at the Bernabeu see Suarez's lack of experience in the Champions League as a problem, while others clam his off-field controversies have made it difficult for Real to sell the player to their sponsors and commercial partners. But until Suarez signs for another club, Real cannot be discounted.
1. Remain at Liverpool
The Anfield club's position is clear and transparent.They will not sell him unless they receive an offer of £50m plus.
They will also insist Suarez submits a formal transfer request before they allow him to move on, to reflect the fact the player is driving this transfer saga. But having said all that, Liverpool ultimately want to keep hold of Suarez. After all this is the man who has scored 51 goals in 96 games for Liverpool.
Suarez's initial comments about wanting to leave Anfield because of the rough ride he gets from the British press now lack any credibility. A desire to hold talks with Arsenal, who will play in the Champions League, but are British, sets out a different agenda.
Whatever the reasons for the change of heart from the one that saw him sign a new 'long term' contract last season, one thing is for certain - Suarez owes Liverpool Football Club another season.
The striker has missed 12 games for Liverpool - with another six to serve - due to two better-forgotten incidents during his tenure at the club.
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