Controversial but ultra-talented striker Luis Suarez's future appears to be up in the air this summer as he contemplates a potential departure from Anfield.
The Premier League's second-leading goal scorer last season, Suarez has caught the eye of several big-name clubs, including Arsenal. Recently, the Gunners manager Arsene Wenger was asked about the possibility of landing one of the world's most dangerous players at a preseason press conference.
Wenger certainly didn't have a lot to say when it came to the topic of Suarez, but his comments seem to tell us all that we need to know, per The Mirror's John Cross:
"Suarez? As you know the transfer period demands secrets and confidentiality, so I can't answer the question."
While Wenger doesn't offer any insight into the club's potential pursuit of the Uruguayan star, the short response essentially confirms that Arsenal are among the handful of clubs interested in Suarez and that they are currently in pursuit of the 26-year-old.
On Thursday, The Mirror's David Anderson reported that the Gunners were "set to increase their bid" for Suarez after having an initial offer of £30 million rejected.
According to Cross, Wenger also believes that the trio of Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo Higuain are "realistic targets" for his club. Cross tweeted the following not long after the press conference:
Whether it's simply bold or a wise strategy to keep the fans off his back, Wenger is saying all the right things, and if Arsenal can come away with one or two of the aforementioned superstars, this summer will have been a huge success.
After all, Wenger knows there's a lot riding on this offseason, considering his contract is set to expire in a year.
Landing a striker who managed 23 goals a season ago in Suarez would make Arsenal an instant contender in the Premier League and give them a real shot to make a deep run in the UEFA Champions League next season as well.
Considering what's at stake for Arsenal and its boss this summer, Wenger's brief comments on the club's pursuit of Suarez tell us a whole lot more than they should. The one-sentence response suggests that Wenger is content to keep any interest the club has in Suarez under wraps as to not blow their chances.
It's a wise move from Wenger and Arsenal, who can ill afford to miss out on signing a star this summer.
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