Suarez “totally understands” Liverpool’s stance on Arsenal’s £40m bid
Arsenal’s hopes of luring Luis Suarez to the Emirates are slowly starting to fade away with Liverpool placing a £50 million price tag on the Uruguayan hit-man. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claims Suarez “totally understands” the position the Reds are in after following their refusal to sell the striker for Arsenal’s £40 million bid.
Suarez is eager to turn his Liverpool career into chapter from the past, but for that to happen Arsenal will have to come up with a bid that activates the 26-year-old release clause. Liverpool have announced that Arsenal’s £40,000,001 bid cannot be accommodated since the release clause in Suarez’s contract is much above their expected bid.
This fact has also been corroborated by Suarez himself, although the striker was allowed to hold negotiations with Arsenal last week. Meanwhile, Rodgers has accepted the fact that his squad might be without the Uruguay international next season. Nonetheless, Rodgers praised Suarez for maintaining a professional character during Liverpool’s preseason activities.
“It's a story that can keep running but, for me, there is no new news. Luis is happy. He totally understands the club's point of view,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.
Suarez has been playing under Reds colors in the preseason games, but the striker will be unavailable for duty during Liverpool’s first six games of the season as he needs to complete his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Suarez will be on the bench for six more games before becoming eligible to play again.
“He's in a difficult position in terms of not being able to play because of his suspension. He will sit out the first six games, and he will miss playing football,” Rodgers added. “But he's working hard and remains part of the group. He needs to get up to speed, and we will continue to work to get all the players ready for the first game of the season.”
Real Madrid have also been linked with a move to Suarez, although Arsenal are the frontrunners for his signature. Arsene Wenger is hesitant to spend £50 million on the coveted striker, which means Suarez could spend another season at Anfield. Nonetheless, both clubs are sitting at the table negotiating new deals.