Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suarez has shown Liverpool a “total lack of respect”, after the striker came out yesterday to say he wanted to leave the club to play in the Champions League, and that the club had broken promises about letting him go.
“I will take strong, decisive action, absolutely. There has been total disrespect of the club - this is a lack of respect of a club that has given him everything. Absolutely everything,” said Rodgers.
“There were no promises made - categorically none - and no promises broken. Obviously, the remarks I’ve read, it is bitterly disappointing - but my job is bigger than that. My job is to fight and protect the club.”
Arsenal are frontrunners for the striker, but Arsene Wenger has suggested they have put their move for Suarez on hold while he sorts out his situation with Liverpool.
There is still disagreement over whether Suarez has a £40million release clause in his contract, but so far reports have suggested that Liverpool are correct in their view of the clause in that it only means they have to notify the striker of a bid over that value.
Arsenal are also apparently considering a £20million bid for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.
The 22-year-old was one of the stars of Dortmund’s run to the Champions League final last season, and Jurgen Klopp is understandably keen to keep him after already losing Mario Gotze this summer.
The midfielder’s father has also suggested that Gundogan should stay in Germany for the moment.
Cardiff City have reportedly entered the race to sign Malaga defender Jesus Gamez, who has also been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer.
Arsenal had hoped a bid involving out of favour striker Nicklas Bendtner would be enough to secure Gamez, but the striker’s wage demands could scupper a deal.
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