This summer transfer window has been full of movement, but more than anything it has been full of hot air.
Of nearly’s and maybe’s, of clubs condemnation of other managers mind games, of player power attempting to force moves, of mind blowing transfer fees - the Luis Suarez situation is no different.
Is he going, isn’t he? Will Brendan Rodgers let him leave? Apparently not for what Arsenal are willing to pay, for he believes (I don’t know how) that Suarez is worth as much as Gareth Bale's Real Madrid valuation.
It’s been clear for some time that Arsenal were heading the chase for the controversial but undoubtedly fantastic 26-year-old Uruguay international, especially when they upped their offer to a single pound over £40 million.
They believed that this would have been enough to trigger a clause in Suarez’s contract allowing the sale, but that looks to have been inaccurate information. This has left Suarez in a sticky situation and now he has told two British newspapers that he wants to leave Anfield.
“I gave absolutely everything last season” he said - including taking a bite out of an Branislav Ivanovic - “and now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement.”
Suarez went on to explain that last year he had the opportunity to move to a big European club, but he stayed on the understanding that if Liverpool failed to qualify for the Champions league the following season, he’d be allowed to go.
With Liverpool only able to manage a 7th place finish in the Premier League last season, they are desperate to hold on to arguably one of the League’s best strikers and have again insisted that Arsenal’s latest bid does not affect a clause that forces them to sell.
Brendan Rodgers has said time and again that all bids received so far, fall well short of Liverpool’s valuation of the player. Suarez looks like he is now going to take matters into his own hands, by submitting an official transfer request.
“I am 26, I need to be playing in the Champions League.
“I feel I have done enough to be playing in the Champions League at this stage of my career.
“Now there is an option for me to do that and I want very much to take it,” he said.
“I don't feel betrayed but the club promised me something a year ago just as I promised them that I would stay and try everything possible to get us into the Champions League.”
Suarez shouldn’t feel betrayed, it is Liverpool that should feel slighted. After standing firm and showing complete support for their player on a number of public, on pitch, serious gaffs there is no doubt Rodgers and Liverpool's owners would feel more than slightly betrayed.
The only contract that’s being broken in this situation is the one Suarez made, when he put pen-to-paper last August to sign a contract extension - not the gentleman's agreement, a voiced promise that Suarez would be free to go if Liverpool failed to qualify for Europe's top competition.
Now, the question is - should Liverpool cash in on their prized, if not volatile asset or retain his want-away services for at least another year? One thing is for sure, Suarez wants out and has taken a bite at the Liverpool board.
What do you think? Should Rodgers get rid, or should he fight tooth and nail to keep hold of Luis - your comments are welcome below.
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