It was one of the biggest transfer sagas of last summer, second only to Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid, but Arsenal’s now infamous £40,000,001 bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez didn’t pan out quite how the North Londoners’ may have hoped.
The Uruguayan striker was their number one target until they ended up signing Mesut Ozil on deadline day for a club record fee of £42.5 million. Liverpool owner John W Henry coined the catchphrase ‘what are they smoking over there at the Emirates’ following the Gunners’ bid for Suarez. He ended up staying on at the Merseyside giants, signing a new deal until 2018 and winning the Golden Boot for his sensational tally of 31 goals in 33 appearances for the Reds.
Meanwhile, Arsenal remain over reliant on Olivier Giroud with only a mere hint of competition from inexperienced French youngster Yaya Sanogo. With that in mind Arsenal are widely expected to splash out on a centre-forward from one Europe’s elite clubs.
Over in Spain, France striker Karim Benzema seems to be seeing out what are likely to be his last days at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid look happy to part company with the striker, provided the right figure is put on the table in front of them. With their new sponsorship deals in place, Arsenal could very well be that club prepared to pay their price for the Frenchman.
However, that would leave Real Madrid light a striker and rumours have been persisting for many months that Luis Suarez just so happens to be their number one target.
They would have to pay over the odds for the Reds top scorer but, as we saw last summer, president Florentino Perez seldom fails to get what he wants. It may take another record-breaking deal – it surely would – but the fates of Arsenal and Liverpool could be very much intertwined this summer and, if that scenario happens to play out in that fashion, Arsenal could well have their revenge over their Premier League rivals.