One of the most controversial figures in world football, Luis Suarez is still among the Premier League’s finest talents, regardless of what one might think of him on a personal level.
In recent weeks, the story has emerged that Arsenal are attempting to lure Liverpool’s talisman to North London and were unsuccessful with a £30 million bid for the striker, per John Edwards of the Daily Mail.
According to the Daily Telegraph’s Chris Bascombe, Arsenal would need to trigger a £40 million clause in Suarez’s contract in order for Liverpool to sell, and even then, things wouldn't be altogether straightforward.
Is Luis Suarez worth his £40 million price tag?
The report goes on to allege that such an offer would only require that Liverpool inform their player of the submitted fee but that such an eventuality will only be considered should it come to pass.
Such a fee shouldn’t put Arsene Wenger’s side off, however, as Suarez has proven by now that his on-pitch performances are akin to that of a player deserving of such praise.
Since arriving on Merseyside in 2011, Suarez has scored 51 goals in just 96 appearances for the Reds, recording more than 25 assists in the process.
Just two-and-a-half seasons into his English tenure, the South American has fit into the English style well and evidently has a number of the attributes needed to succeed on these shores.
Whoscored's Twitter activity also shows how valuable the attacker is to his teammates:
Luis Suárez: The Liverpool striker played the most key passes from open play (80) in the Premier League last season— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 8, 2013
Fast, physical and very obviously tenacious (perhaps too much so at times), the 26-year-old has garnered Premier League success and is currently improving season by season.
In his first full term in the division, Suarez’s tally of 11 goals and six assists in 31 Premier League outings wasn’t particularly awe inspiring. With 30 goals netted across all competitions in 2012-13, things are certainly looking brighter in front of goal.
With that being said, while Higuain’s signature would be cheaper than Suarez’s, it’s the latter who represents more value for money, as the value of a player tried and tested in his environment is not to be underestimated.
With Suarez, Arsenal would have not only a proven finisher but a provider of goals, too. A fusion of talent that Olivier Giroud hasn’t exactly provided since the departure of Robin van Persie to Manchester United.
The striking ranks is the one true area which Arsenal currently lack in and have the talents of Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and others to ensure a constant chain of ammunition would be fired Suarez’s way, should they trigger his £40 million clause.
Although the player has major issues with his temper, Suarez could be one of the most rounded strikers in the world based on sheer talent alone. Considering the infamous buys of Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres and how they cost Liverpool and Chelsea £35 million and £50 million, respectively, Suarez should be considered worth the outlay for any club who can afford it.