Liverpool Reject Arsenal’s Revised £40m Bid For Suarez
Arsenal’s improved £40million bid for Liverpool superstar Luis Suarez has also been rejected with the Merseyside club now demanding an eye-watering £55million for the Uruguayan.
After the failure of their opening offer of £30m, the Gunners were hoping that the second one would do the trick, but the Reds feel that strikers of similar quality and stature – Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao – have fetched higher prices in the ongoing transfer window, and Suarez’s sale price should at least match theirs.
“When you consider Edinson Cavani has gone for £55m, Luis is up there in that bracket of top talent. Arsenal’s was an offer we didn’t deem worthy of the talent. There’s no guarantee Luis would be sold even for that because we are trying to build something — we don’t have to sell,” said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
“We’re prepared to spend and get people in without having to sell him. The reality is we have had one offer. So there can be as much speculation as you like, there’s been nothing beyond that,” he added.
Gunners to Rival Chelsea in Gustavo Transfer Battle
Arsenal are considering rivalling their fellow London club Chelsea in the battle to sign Bayern Munich’s defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo.
The 25-year-old Brazilian, who is known for his versatility and ability to cover multiple positions, is not expected to be a regular starter for the Bavarians next season due to their high-profile summer signings. As a result, reports emerging from the German press claim that he could be allowed to leave if Bayern receive a suitable offer.
He would fit in instantly at the Emirates Stadium, but it is unclear whether coach Arsene Wenger would succeed in his plan of luring him for just £8million especially when the Blues are also in for him.
Brazil giants Corinthians, who recently sold Paulinho to Tottenham, are also interested in recruiting Gustavo, but the player doesn’t fancy leaving Europe for his homeland just yet.
Perez Gets Greedy Over Higuain
Real Madrid have raised their asking price for Gonzalo Higuain to an astonishing £37million and delivered a massive blow to Arsenal’s hopes of signing him this summer.
A few weeks ago, the Gunners were reportedly close to signing the Argentine for as low as £23million with some reports even claiming that he was in London to discuss personal terms. However, Los Merengues’ demand for more money means it is unlikely that Higuain would be seen at the Emirates Stadium anytime soon. Even if the North Londoners decide to further negotiate a transfer, they would have to compete with Serie A’s Napoli, who are fresh from selling Edinson Cavani and have more than enough cash to satisfy Madrid’s greed.
Rooney’s Astronomical Wages Not a Problem for Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Wayne Rooney’s £250,000 weekly wages won’t be a problem for them although he admits that Manchester United may not be willing to do business with them.
In a recent interview, the Gunners boss said: “We do not have any problem with the wages of Wayne Rooney. But it’s very difficult for us to talk about any specific case. Do I get the sense United would be unwise or unwilling to sell to a Premier League rival? It happened to us. It can happen to them. Rooney is under contract. He has two years to go. It’s [Manchester] United who make a decision.”
Sagna Guarantees His ‘A’ Game Next Season
Bacary Sagna has assured that he is fully focused on his Arsenal career and wants to recapture his peak form in the upcoming 2013/14 season.
The fact that he has just a year left on his current deal and an agreement over an extension doesn’t seem to be in sight, make some people feel that he may not be able to give his best next term, but the player disagrees.
In a recent interview, he said: “I enjoy playing for Arsenal. I love my team, and I always give my best. I’m still here. Many people were talking about me going back to France but I’m still here and I’m looking forward to a big season with Arsenal.
“Last season was difficult. I only had one year left and people were looking at that and maybe thinking I would leave. But I tried to stay as calm as I could. Now I will work hard in pre-season and have a good season for Arsenal.”
About his struggles of last season, he recalled: “It’s been very difficult for me physically. I was out for four months. I went out to Qatar to do my rehab, then I came back and had to start all over again. It was not easy because the injuries take a lot from you. But I’m looking forward to coming back, being at my best and helping the team again. I’m looking forward to the new season and a new start.”
Atletico Told to Stop Dreaming About Cazorla Signing
Arsenal FC have informed Atletico Madrid in no uncertain way that they have no intention of selling their midfielder Santi Cazorla this summer no matter how high an offer they receive.
Atleti, who have a lot of money to spend following their big-money sale of Radamel Falcao to AS Monaco, want to recruit Cazorla to bolster their midfield options, but the Gunners have made it clear to them that the 28-year-old playmaker is going nowhere.
A few days ago, reports emerged from Spain that Cazorla has already agreed personal terms with the Madrid-based outfit, and the only thing remaining is for two clubs to agree on a transfer fee. That piece of speculation can now be laid to rest as Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has himself refuted it.
Marca has quoted Cerezo as saying: “We have no news of Cazorla. These are invented stories that are made up every day.“