According to reports on Friday, betting had been suspended by bookmakers on the transfer of the Uruguayan to Arsenal, despite there having previously been little or no reports that the Gunners were even interested in the controversial forward.
Somehow, from being ‘interested’ on Friday, over the weekend it would appear, Arsenal have now had a £30 million bid rejected by Liverpool, despite neither club having made an official statement whatsoever on the matter.
Initially, following his 10-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic, Suarez had stated he would like a change of scenery, hoping to depart from Merseyside, eventually admitting it would be ‘difficult to say no’ to Real Madrid.
On Friday morning, reports emerged claiming the ‘bookmakers’ had stopped the betting on the transfer despite it not previously being even suggested with any legitimacy.
Where has this ‘story’ come from? It has not come directly from anyone associated with any of the parties apparently involved – not Arsenal, not Liverpool and not Luis Suarez. It would seem at least.
I already asserted my firm belief that the transfer is highly unlikely from all directions, given the kind of player Suarez is and the two clubs involved. Stranger things have happened, it’s true and, who knows, I may well end up eating my hat.
But this ‘story’ does not make sense from a purely footballing perspective – it insults the intelligence of people who have even a vague understanding of the sport and the transfer market.
It simply seems to be a little bit of politics. Arsenal want Higuain, Madrid want Suarez but don't want to deal on Arsenal's terms. So Arsenal publicly threaten Madrid by going after one of their targets? Dirty tactics and silly season indeed. Or simply it was made up by those looking to shift a few papers.
What do you think is behind the rumour?