Of course, there is good reason the rumors persist. Suarez doesn't want to play for Liverpool next year. This is no secret. Suarez has made his desire to leave blatantly clear.
Liverpool is not going to be forced into a bad deal, however.
Apparently, Liverpool has been busy turning down deals. They reportedly rejected a £30 million bid from Arsenal for Suarez, and have shown no signs of flinching. In fact, the BBC Sport's David Ornstein and Ben Smith reported that Liverpool is holding out for £50 million-plus.
However, things start to get a little messy at this point. As Smith and Ornstein report, Arsenal upped its bid to a club-record bid of £40m plus £1. The bid was reportedly—big shocker coming—rejected, but that £1 is important. This triggered a clause in Suarez's contract that meant he had to be informed of Arsenal's bid.
Suarez, who is chomping at his own figure during shadow training to move to Arsenal, is locked in a bitter battle with Liverpool.
The Telegraph helps explain:
As for Suarez, he appears to be operating like it is only a matter of time before he will be joining Arsenal.
In a report by Goal.com, using information from the Sweeper, Suarez is checking out houses and schools in London.
At this point, my guess is that things will get even uglier before any resolution is found. Suarez is essentially robbing Liverpool of any negotiating power with his desire to leave and to do so to Arsenal.
However, Liverpool isn't going to just bow down to Suarez's demands. This much is clear by the bids they've already turned down.
Up until now, Arsenal has been willing to play along with Liverpool by gradually upping their bids. However, I have to believe at some point they are going to call bluff.
Does Liverpool really want a player with a history of uncontrollable emotions leading to controversy and suspensions on the pitch while fostering a grudge against the team he is representing?
No matter what the club says, I find it difficult to believe they do, and Arsenal has to realize this as well. The Gunners have to be approaching a take-it-or-leave-it bid, if they haven't already, and that's when the growing discord between Suarez and Liverpool will hit its zenith.
We'll see where Suarez ends up when the dust settles.
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