Arsenal have made a £30 million offer for Luis Suarez - according to the Telegraph - who on Sunday evening reported the news on their website.
"In one of the most audacious moves of the summer so far, Arsenal representatives made a direct approach to the Merseyside club for Suárez last week and were immediately rebuffed."
The offer is rightly described as audacious, and poses several questions. Is it really true? Here is our reaction to the claim:
Does the fee suggested make sense?
Liverpool have said all summer long that Suarez is not for sale, and an offer of £30 million was unlikely to be enough to persuade them otherwise. This is in the context that Real Madrid have been linked with a £40 million move, and the Reds stance remained the same. The fee would be around double Arsenal's transfer record. The Gunners have the finances, but are still thought to be reticent to 'overpay' for a player. A transfer fee has held them back so far with Gonzalo Higuain and Stevan Jovetic, and it's probably unlikely they would go higher for Suarez than they are offering for Higuain.
Would Liverpool sell to an English club?
Liverpool have been firm with their 'hands off' stance on Suarez, and are likely to be even more reluctant to discuss an approach from another Premier League team. They did sell Fernando Torres to Chelsea for £50 million, but it is likely to take a fee of that ilk to see them entertain such a prospect with regard to Suarez.
Would Suarez want to leave for another English club?
The key issue here is that Suarez has said he wants to leave Liverpool because he is sick of life in England, blaming the press. high profile move between two big clubs would see more intrusion from the red-tops and attention on him from the British media, and it does not make sense on this basis. Arsenal would be able to offer Champions League football to him, but overall we would say it is doubtful.
What does this mean for Arsenal's Higuain chase?
With conflicting news reported from Spain about Gonzalo Higuain - one newspaper claimed there has been no offer at all from the Gunners - it could suggest the club are moving onto other targets or at least exploring their options. It could also be a story 'fed to the media' to place more pressure on Real Madrid, calling their bluff that they could be about to walk away and hope the Spanish side drop their demands.
Would it work tactically?
Tactically it could be a fantastic piece of business for Arsenal. Suarez' was a prolific goalscorer last season, outscoring each of the club's strikers in the Premier League. The Uruguayan also likes to drift out wide to the left, which would allow Lukas Podolski to come inside up front and interchange. He would bring Arsenal fluidity which Olivier Giroud does not provide, but ultimately we do not expect to see it put to the test.
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