Arsenal transfer news: Suarez going nowhere and Eto’o

A select round-up of transfer news relating to Arsenal, including Luis Suarez, Samuel Eto’o and Gervinho.

Liverpool owner John Henry has said that Luis Suarez will not be sold this summer, especially to Arsenal, who he considers a rival for a Champions League place in the Premier League.

Suarez recently claimed that Liverpool had broken a promise to him by not letting him leave after failing to qualify for the Champions League last season, but Henry was emphatic that the striker would not be sold.

“We are not going to sell Luis. It’s a football reason, it’s not about finances,” he said.

“It’s because at this point it’s impossible, so late in the window, with everyone who’s already moved or isn’t moving, to replace him. So for football reasons, we can’t - and especially to Arsenal. 

“For all the top clubs it’s extremely important but especially Liverpool because we’re not in Europe this year and have not been in the Champions League for a while.

“Obviously, to sell to a rival for one of those positions would be ludicrous.”

Reports in Spain have linked Arsenal with a move for Samuel Eto’o, who has been transfer listed along with the rest of Anzhi Makhachkala’s stars as the Russian side attempts to slash their budget.

Arsenal have claimed that they are prepared to break their wage structure this summer if the right player becomes available, but considering Eto’o is currently the highest paid footballer in the world, it would still be a very surprising move if the 32-year-old was signed.

Arsenal have confirmed the sale of Gervinho, who has moved to Roma in a deal worth around £8million, where he will reunite with his former Lille manager Rudi Garcia.

Gervinho was signed for around £10.5million in 2011, but failed to settle at the Emirates and scored just eleven times in his two years there.

The Ivory Coast international made his name under Garcia at Lille, where he won the French league and cup double in the 2010-11 season.

image: © Jason Bagley

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