On Tuesday, the Daily Star reported that Manchester United are set to launch what they described as an ‘outrageous’ bid to sign Liverpool forward Luis Suarez as other reports claimed an offer in excess of £65 million was being prepared to test the Reds’ resolve.
The summer is often a playground for journalists as the transfer window opens and the rumours fly around but this rumour which is, unsurprising, unsubstantiated by either of the clubs, is nothing short of ridiculous.
Liverpool were in more danger of losing the Uruguayan international last summer as Arsenal’s now well-documented pursuit of the striker was held off, their £40,000,001 bid in attempt to trigger a supposed release clause was rebuffed and the Reds kept their man.
Since then, Suarez has been a reported target of big spenders Real Madrid who broke the world transfer record with their signing of Gareth Bale last summer. The Spanish giants are no strangers to breaking the world record; in fact they have done that no less than five times since the turn of the millennium.
However, it was abundantly clear last summer, even prior to Suarez’s agreement of a new deal, that Liverpool were absolutely clear on their stance that their star striker would not be sold. Owner John W Henry made his now infamous comment questioning what the Gunners were smoking at the Emirates and, in effect, laughed off their pursuit of the player.
Last summer Liverpool also had no access to European competitions, which had been an area of contention for Suarez but that is no longer the case as the Reds secured a second-place finish in the Premier League this term and automatic qualification for the Champions League.
Whilst, £65 million is indeed a more suitable figure than Arsenal’s miserly £40,000,001, it is still not enough for a player who is probably the most dangerous striker in the world on present form – when you consider Gareth Bale’s £85.3 million move, you’d have to think it would take a bid at least within range of that to acquire a player of equal quality.
The only outrageous thing about this supposed Manchester United bid is that the newspapers will print it and run with it, likely knowing full well that Manchester United will already understand that Liverpool’s stance on a player with four years left on his contract.
This is their star player and one of the best in the world is that Luis Suarez is not for sale. The only thing more outrageous than these claims is that there will likely be some people who are willing to believe they are any more than pure fiction.