The controversial Uruguayan had been linked with European champions Bayern Munich along with Spanish giants Real Madrid prior to the opening of the transfer market this summer.
His impressive form with Liverpool prior to his FA-imposed suspension for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic saw him score 30 goals and make 13 assists across all competitions for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
It appeared likely that Real Madrid could be the likeliest of destinations for him in the run-up to the summer window but their pursuit of Tottenham’s Gareth Bale saw their interest in Suarez shelved as they endeavored to sign the PFA and PWA Player of the Year from Spurs.
Meanwhile, across enemy line in North London, Arsenal’s failure to agree a fee with Real Madrid over the purchase of striker Gonzalo Higuain saw the Gunners enter the fray with Liverpool over Suarez. Arsenal made two bids for the Reds striker but Liverpool stood their ground and maintained their stance that the player was categorically not for sale.
Suarez went public with his attempts to force a move elsewhere following Arsenal’s £40,000,001 bid, which, crucially, did not trigger a release clause. The 26-year-old complained to the tabloids that he felt he’d been ‘betrayed’ by Liverpool and Rodgers who he claims ‘promised’ he could move on this summer if the Reds didn’t make the Champions League.
The club, both Rodgers and owner John W Henry, baulked at Arsenal’s ‘derisory’ offer and Suarez’ ‘disrespectful’ behaviour towards the club that had stood by him through troubled times, most notably his racist abuse of Manchester United’s Patrice Evra which earned him an eight-game ban the previous season, as well as his biting and ‘diving’ scandals that drew negative media attention on to the player and the club.
Flash-forward to today and the transfer market is closed, Suarez will remain at Liverpool, at least until January when the window re-opens. However, it would appear as though any apparent interest Real Madrid had in his signature has evaporated.
According to The Express this week, Real Madrid are now turning their attention to Radamel Falcao who is reportedly unhappy with new club Monaco and is edging towards the exit at the League 1 side. Suarez will likely remain at Anfield until next summer and, potentially, further down the line.
He signed a new contract last term that runs until the summer of 2018 and the club clearly intend to hold him to honour that agreement for as long as possible. There is the potential that another scandal involving him could push the club to offload him sooner rather than later but, for the time being, I believe Luis Suarez got his just deserts for his behaviour this season and this summer. He may perceive Anfield as his prison and, as prisoners well know, bad behaviour only serves to extend your sentence.