Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, in the midst of a ruthless run of goal-scoring form, has quadrupled his summer valuation, according to a midfielder formerly on the books of the club who made two official bids for the Uruguayan's services but were rebuffed on both occasions.
Suarez lines up against the Gunners on Saturday lunchtime, as the Anfield side host Arsene Wenger's men in a match that could create further distance between league leaders Arsenal and second and third placed teams Manchester City and Chelsea, should the visitors claim victory.
Had Wenger bid big for Suarez, say… £50m, then he may well have secured his signature, argues Ray Parlour, who believes the 27-year-old's attacking contributions (23 goals and 14 assists in the Premier League alone) would have created a one-horse race title picture, rather than three, and that with Luis, Arsenal could have bought silverware success.
'If Arsenal had bought Suarez they definitely would have been buying the title,' said Parlour, as quoted by Daily Star. 'With the goals he scores, I’m sure if they had him in their team they’d win the league. There was a lot of talk he was going to leave and Arsenal put a bid in for him.'
Currently top of the goal-scoring charts in the top tier in English football, Suarez has hit form that has only really been achieved by consensus top two footballers in world soccer - Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. It is quite feasible, Parlour asserts, that Suarez is now worth £200m - four times the amount he should have been valued at last summer.
'He’s been sensational for Liverpool since then and probably quadrupled his price because of his goalscoring and his work rate.'
Wenger stated that his club will not return to make a third bid for Suarez when the transfer market reopens for trading, leaving Parlour to speculate that there is only one other club he could end up playing for.
'I don’t think he’ll ever go to Arsenal now,' commented Parlour, now 40. 'I don’t think Liverpool will ever sell him to Arsenal after the way they put their bid in. If they had bid £50m maybe they would have got their man, who knows? But if he leaves now it will be somewhere like Real Madrid.'
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