The Suarez saga dominated headlines for the entire summer with Arsenal showing a serious and genuine interest in signing him, now that they possess the financial power to make such a deal happen. They approached Liverpool initially with a club record deal in the region of £35 million, though it was rejected by the Merseysiders, citing their unwillingness to let their star striker leave.
Arsenal then followed that up with a bid worth £40 million and £1 which was intended to trigger the 26-year old’s release clause, but Liverpool fended off that bid too, which resulted in some ugly behind the scene issues between the club and Suarez, who made his disgruntled feelings known via the media and was then forced to train alone away from the 1st team.
The relationship between the two has been somewhat mended since as the Uruguayan has apologized for his conduct and has rejoined normal training sessions, which went some way towards suggesting that Suarez might just end up staying put at Anfield for the coming season.
Wenger’s latest comments go a certain distance in adding weight to that possibility. He oversaw Arsenal thrash Fenerbahce 3-0 in Turkey on Wednesday night and was asked about Arsenal’s transfer activities. When quizzed about the possibility of still landing Suarez, ESPNFC report he revealed that the possibility of Suarez arriving at Emirates Stadium is now virtually non-existent as he said, “Yes. Absolutely no chance of that.”
With this long dragging transfer saga set to end with good news for Liverpool, Arsenal will be forced to turn away from Suarez and look elsewhere. And by the looks of it, they are already doing that as recent reports emerge about the Gunners lining up an ambitious £40 million bid for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema.
Is this story all done and dusted? Will Suarez end up staying put at Liverpool? Or do we still expect yet another final twist in this summer which has perhaps been the most eventful and most entertaining in a really long time?