Arsenal are in great shape to complete a transfer for Luis Suarez. Now the club has to do whatever it takes to actually bring him on board.
Arsene Wenger launched a clever bid for the Liverpool man this week, according to John Cross and David Maddock of Mirror Football:
Arsene Wenger last night tabled a stunning and cheeky £40,000,001 bid for Luis Suarez. The extra quid triggers a clause in the Liverpool hitman’s contract meaning the Merseyside club must inform him of Arsenal’s offer.
Wenger now expects Suarez to tell Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers that he wants to speak to Arsenal and move to play in the Champions League.
The plan already seems to have paid off, as Wayne Veysey of Goal.com reports that Suarez "is preparing to submit a formal transfer request to engineer his departure from Liverpool."
While Liverpool will try hard to avoid sending him to a rival club, they might not have an option if the player forces his way to Arsenal.
Regardless of your opinions on Suarez as a person, there is no denying his ability as a player. The Uruguayan finished second in the English Premier League last season with 23 goals and is a consistent offensive threat in all competitions.
His performance almost single-handedly made Liverpool one of the top attacking clubs in the league and prevented them from falling toward the bottom half of the table.
With Arsenal looking for an elite striker since Robin van Persie left before last season, Suarez would be the perfect fit for the contending club. He can join a squad competing in the Champions League, leaving one not involved in any European competition.
This move would make sense for both sides, but that does not necessarily mean it will be completed.
At the beginning of July, it seemed obvious that Arsenal would be able to sign Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain. Unfortunately, talks eventually stalled and the talented player instead will go to Napoli, as reported by the Daily Mail.
There have been plenty of other targets throughout the summer that seemed logical but have not gone through. While fans hold out hope for guys like Marouane Fellaini or possibly even Wayne Rooney, it seems unlikely at this point that either man will end up at Emirates Stadium.
These past failures put even more pressure on the Suarez transfer. While Arsenal have never truly been a club that spends a lot of money, Wenger promised over the winter that this year would be different, according to Kevin Palmer of ESPN.
If he excites fans about the prospect of bringing high-profile players in and then fails to do that, it will bring about a negative reaction from even the biggest supporters.
Even the players were happy to see some aggressiveness in the transfer market. Mikel Arteta told Jonathan Wilson of Sports Illustrated:
I think it's about time. When you compare us to the other top English clubs and the money they have paid, we are very far apart...I am excited. They made it public that they are going to go big and the sort of players they have been linked with makes me happy. It creates a good atmosphere and we need to do something because the other teams are doing it, and I think we will.
The best players want to play with other great players. It is up to Arsenal's management to make that happen, and they appear close to achieving that with Suarez.
However, if the club comes this close to bringing in a world-class striker and fails, there will be a lot of unhappy people heading into next season.
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