Liverpool owner John W Henry has dismissed speculation linking striker Luis Suarez with a move to Premier League rivals Arsenal, and has also ruled out the Uruguayan moving to any other club, no matter what price they are offering.
The transfer saga has taken quite a vicious turn recently, with both Suarez and manager Brendan Rodgers slamming each other claiming that promises were broken, and also forcing the striker to train alone away from the rest of the camp so that he can't ruin team harmony.
After things turned sour between the player and the manager, Henry got involved and admitted that if the Uruguayan moved to Arsenal, it would be a ludicrous move for both the club and the player himself.
It has been reported that Henry has been directly in touch with Ivan Gazidis, who is the chief executive at Arsenal, and has told him that they are not prepared to sell the striker no matter what they offer them.
This will come as a massive blow to Arsene Wenger as his hunt for a big summer-signing continues after failing to sign Gonzalo Higuain and Stevan Jovetic.
Not only has Henry been talking directly to Gazidis, he has also spoken to Suarez's agent and has told him that the transfer saga has arrived too late in the window and the 26-year-old will have to stay at the club now as they will reject any bid that comes in.
"We are not going to sell Luis," said Henry, on a brief visit to Liverpool. "For all the top clubs it's extremely important [not to sell to a rival] but especially for Liverpool because we're not in Europe this year and have not been in the Champions League for a while.
"To sell to a rival for those positions, or one of them, would be ludicrous. Liverpool needs to be playing in Europe. It needs to be playing in the Champions League. That's what Liverpool football club is about.
"I'm unequivocal that we won't sell to Arsenal, whatever the bid is.
"I have not said it to Stan [Kroenke, Arsenal's majority shareholder] but I had a personal conversation with others at Arsenal and told him [Gazidis] we would not sell to Arsenal."
"He won't be sold even if a foreign club comes in because we do not have time to sign a suitable replacement.
"It's a football reason. It's not about finances. That's why at this point, so late in the window, with everyone who's already moved or isn't moving, we can't replace him. So for football reasons we can't sell, and especially to Arsenal.
"Players usually want to win. They want to go, generally in any sport, where they can win. That's why I think this particular episode is misguided. We've won more trophies than Arsenal, but I really don't want to get into that."
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