Arsenal never close to signing Suarez, admits owner

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Arsenal's owner Stan Kroenke has admitted that Arsenal were never going to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool in the summer.

Suarez was made one of Arsene Wenger's top summer transfer targets in the summer as Arsenal looked to add to their firepower.

The Uruguayan responded to Arsenal's initial bid of £35m by implying that he was interested in a move to north London, with Champions League football high on Suarez's wish list.

Arsenal launched another bid of £40m plus £1 under the impression that it would trigger a release clause. However, no such clause existed and Liverpool flat out refused to do business with their Premier League rivals.

The Gunners went on to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid but failed to bring in offensive reinforcements.

Now 'Silent Stan' has revealed that he spoke with Liverpool owner John W Henry after the failed pursuit of Suarez and says his compatriot could not give him a price at which he would have let the striker go to Arsenal.

Such a claim suggests Arsenal's pursuit of the 26-year-old was doomed from the beginning.

"Look, Arsene Wenger had a view, our team had a view, they had a view and their view was 'he wasn't going anywhere'," Kroenke told the Daily Telegraph.

"I never saw them waver from it. I guess at some level there is a number that gets anybody out of anywhere but there was nothing within the realm of what we knew about that could have got him out of there.

"There were people saying if he left there was nothing left. If people believe that, if those players believed that and John thought they believed that, then that is a real problem."

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