Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has urged Arsene Wenger to pay a Premier League record transfer fee on Barcelona star Luis Suarez.
Wright, who scored 185 goals in 288 appearances for the Gunners between 1991-1998, sent out a tweet on Friday afternoon urging Wenger to pay a cool £80 million for the former Liverpool forward.
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“Arsene,” Wright posted, “put in a 80 mill bid and get Suarez from barca!”. This was followed by a strong arm emoticon, presumably to indicate that Arsenal will become stronger by acquiring the Uruguay international’s services.
Premier League clubs to monitor Suarez
It was reported this week that several Premier League clubs are monitoring Suarez’s situation following his difficult start to life at the Camp Nou.
The Daily Mail understand that Chelsea, Manchester City and even Manchester United will continue to track Suarez over the next five months with a view to potentially making formal offers when the transfer window re-opens in the summer.
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Arsenal wanted Suarez in 2013
Arsenal, of course, were interested in signing Suarez in the summer of 2013. The South American striker was equally keen to sign for the Gunners, who were denied the chance to open talks with the player despite tabling a £40 million - plus an additional £1 - offer.
Suarez ended up staying at Anfield for another season to help the club qualify for the Champions League - and came within a whisker of inspiring the Merseyside outfit to their first league title since 1990.
But despite his best efforts, Liverpool narrowly missed out on winning the Premier League title to Manchester City.
Suarez, who had achieved his pre-season ambition of helping Liverpool secure Champions League qualification, subsequently earned a dream move to Barcelona for a reported £75 million fee.
Suarez struggling at Barcelona
But he was unable to make his competitive debut for the Catalan giants until October 25 following a FIFA ban after being found guilty of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup finals in Brazil.
Since returning from suspension, Suarez has scored just one goal in nine La Liga appearances - and speculation if rife that he could leave the Camp Nou after just one full season with his current employers.
Bad news for Giroud and Welbeck?
Should Wenger heed Wright’s advice and smash Arsenal’s transfer record on Suarez then it could be bad news for Olivier Giroud, the Gunners’ current first-choice striker, and summer signing Danny Welbeck.
Suarez, who scored 31 Premier League goals last season, would be the first name on Arsenal’s team sheet.