Arsenal to Up Bid for Suarez
Arsenal FC are purportedly preparing an improved offer for Liverpool star Luis Suarez after seeing their initial £30million bid rejected by the Merseyside club.
The Gunners’ protracted pursuit of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has stalled, and instead of looking for alternative targets in the similar price range, they have decided to shop from the top shelf.
It is believed that they will return with an offer of £40million for the controversial Uruguayan although it may still not be enough to get accepted by the Reds, who feel any sale should at least match the £50million they netted for Fernando Torres in 2011, who was a lesser player at that time than Suarez is now.
However, the Londoners are hoping that the offer would get Suarez’s attention, and he might force Liverpool into lowering their asking price by submitting an official transfer request.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger, who is with his Arsenal side in Indonesia for a friendly, was recently asked to comment on his club’s rumoured interest in Suarez, to which he simply replied: “Suarez? As you know the transfer period demands secrets and confidentiality, so I can’t answer the question.”
Higuain Could Stay At Real
Real Madrid marksman Gonzalo Higuain could end up staying at Santiago Bernabeu beyond this summer, according to the latest round of speculation emerging from the Spanish press.
Apparently, after publicly expressing his intent to leave Los Merengues at the end of last season, the Argentine striker has had a change of heart and could now be open to staying. This new development is a result of coach Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment, who unlike his predecessor Jose Mourinho, rates Higuain highly. It is pertinent to mention here that the 26-year-old was disappointed of his treatment at Madrid during the Special One’s three-year reign.
Despite having an excellent scoring record, he has never truly been respected in the Spanish capital and is always viewed as an expendable member of the squad, who can be offered as bait to other clubs to land bigger transfer targets, something which Robinho experienced too during his Real Madrid career.
Marca reports that Real president Florentino Perez and Higuain would meet early next week to sort out their differences which could end Arsenal’s floundering hopes of signing him.
Perez in no uncertain terms recently informed the press of his desire to keep hold of Higuain. He said: “We don’t want him to go. Furthermore, no one from Arsenal has been here to make any type of offer, not for €27million, or anything.”
Gunners to Revive Interest in Swansea’s Williams
Arsenal are ready to revive their interest in Swansea City centre-half Ashley Williams due to their club captain Thomas Vermaelen’s back injury.
The 28-year-old Welshman has been on the Gunners’ radar for a long time now, but they had given up hopes of signing him due to the Swans’ uncompromising stance on his transfer fee. After being quoted a price of £10million, coach Arsene Wenger decided to give Vermaelen another chance to rebuild his Arsenal career.
The Belgian, however, injured his back recently and is unlikely to recover before the start of the new season. That, coupled with Sebastian Squillaci’s summer release and Johan Djourou’s loan move to HSV, means that the Londoners face the prospect of having only two fit central defenders – Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker – for the new campaign’s beginning. And therefore, they are considering approaching Swansea with a view to recruiting Williams once again.
Managerial Stability Huge Edge for Arsenal – Wilshere
Jack Wilshere believes that the appointment of new managers at Arsenal’s main Premier League rivals will give them a huge edge in the title race, and he wants his club to take full advantage of it.
Both the Manchester giants and Chelsea replaced their managers with new ones, and even though their squads boast greater talent than the Gunners’, Wilshere feels managerial stability could prove to be the deciding factor next season.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, the Arsenal playmaker said: “It’s a big season ahead for us. A few of the other big teams have changed managers this season and we’ve got a manager who has been there a long time. He knows the league, so it’s a big season for us, hopefully we can push on. We haven’t won a trophy in seven or eight years. The fans are starting to realize that and we’re feeling the pressure and we have to step up.”
When asked if he feels Arsenal are capable of mounting a genuine title challenge next term, his answer was: “I think we [are]. It’s all about in England, the season’s so long, you need a good squad, a strong squad. We could maybe add a few more players that when we’re getting tired we can change things up.”
Fabregas Still on Arsenal’s Radar
Arsenal believe that they can bring their former captain Cesc Fabregas back to the Emirates Stadium this summer even though the player has expressed his desire to stay at his current club Barcelona on multiple occasions. (The Daily Mail)
Earlier this summer, Fabregas, 26, made it clear that he has no intention of changing clubs this summer, but the Gunners still feel they have a chance of luring the Spaniard back to his former breeding ground due to lack of opportunities for him at the Catalan club.
Arsenal have the first-refusal option on Fabregas, which means that he would cost them only £25million if Barca decide to put him on the market.
Arsenal to Up Bid for Suarez