Arsenal and Suarez Set to Talk
Liverpool have no choice but to allow their want-away star Luis Suarez to talk with Arsenal after the Gunners triggered a clause in his contract by submitting a bid of £4,000,001.
According to several media reports, the Reds are contractually obliged to inform the Uruguayan now that they have received an offer in excess of £40million for him and permit him to hold talks with the Londoners. However, coach Brendan Rodgers has made it clear that it doesn’t mean that they can be coerced into making a sale as Arsenal’s offer falls significantly short of their asking price.
Liverpool Echo have quoted the Reds boss as saying: “If Arsenal want the player they have to produce the value for the player. There was an offer a few weeks ago of £35m and two weeks later it is now £40m and £1. I don’t think it is anywhere near the value of what he is worth.It is two-fold really. A player may want to go, but then somebody has to pay the value or worth of that player.”
It is pertinent to mention here that the Merseyside club are seeking a transfer fee of at least £55million for Suarez because they believe strikers of similar quality have gone for that price in the current transfer market.
It is believed that once the Gunners get into touch with Suarez, they would offer him wages of £150,000-per-week and then he might use his player power to force Liverpool into accepting a lower offer.
Gunners Second On Rooney’s List After Chelsea
Wayne Rooney’s next preferred option for a summer transfer could be Arsenal if his dream move to Chelsea collapses, the Daily Mail has claimed.
The website claims that while the Manchester United superstar would like to join Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, he would be open to becoming a Gunner if the Red Devils refuse to sanction his move to a direct title rival like the Blues.
The Gunners’ interest in Rooney has cooled off in the past few weeks as they had decided to make Liverpool’s Luis Suarez their new number one transfer target.
Cesar’s Agent Hoping For Arsenal Deal
Arsenal have emerged as the new favourites to land Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar this summer after their main rivals in this transfer battle, Serie A side Napoli, snubbed him in favour of Liverpool’s Pepe Reina.
Unwilling to match the Brazilian’s £150,000-per-week wages, the Partenopei are now close to landing Reina on a season-long loan deal, leaving the Gunners in pole position to sign the former Inter Milan man.
But it is unclear whether coach Arsene Wenger and company will reignite their interest in Cesar’s services as his wages are a bit too much for them as well, and it was the primary reason why they dropped their interest in him in the first place. His agent Josias Cardoso, however, is confident that the Emirates Stadium remains a ‘concrete option’ for his client, who he believes is still one of the world’s premier shot-stoppers.
“Arsenal remain a concrete option. In Italy recently I have only spoken to Napoli. President Aurelio De Laurentiis wanted him but didn’t want to pay Julio’s current wages. He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and after a great Confederations Cup performance he showed his desire to come back to Italy by demanding nothing more. It would’ve been normal for someone in his position to ask for a pay rise but he didn’t. Is there still hope of seeing him in Italy? If I don’t have official contact with a club, then I cannot have hope.”
It is believed that AC Milan are the only other club keeping tabs on the Cesar-situation.
Higuain Set For Napoli Unveiling
Arsenal have officially lost the Gonzalo Higuain transfer battle to SSC Napoli, who are now close to unveiling the Argentine striker to their fans.
The Gunners were close to signing Higuain a few weeks ago before Real Madrid got greedy, raised their asking price at the last second and allowed Napoli to swoop in for a deal believed to be in the £32million region.
Gervinho Nears Arsenal Exit
Arsenal are ready to take a hit of almost £5million on forward Gervinho just two years after signing him from Lille for £10.8 million. (The Sun)
Apparently, Serie A giants AS Roma’s sporting chief Walter Sabatini is close to finalising a £6m deal for the tricky Ivorian, who failed to impress during his two seasons in London.
Some media reports claims that the prime reason behind Gervinho’s potential sale is Arsenal’s plan to upgrade their wing options by recruiting Atletico Mineiro’s hotshot Bernard.