Luis Suarez Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 19
Just 15 days of the transfer window remain, and Luis Suarez is running out of options.
We've comprehensively covered the seemingly never-ending saga involving the Uruguayan's wish to leave Liverpool all summer (see here, here and here), but now it feels as though we're entering the end of the game.
Liverpool have been admirably strong throughout the whole process, insisting that they won't allow their forward to leave.
And with the closure of the window fast approaching, there are signs that Suarez is beginning to accept that he'll be playing his football at Anfield for some time yet.
Last Friday, after having been banished from training with the first team for almost two weeks, Suarez joined in with the rest of his teammates following talks with manager Brendan Rodgers.
As stated in this report by Ben Smith of the BBC, the talks seemed to stop short of an outright apology for his recent behaviour and comments.
However, the forward rejoining the group ahead of the start of the Premier League season would certainly have been seen as a bonus for the Reds, despite the fact that Suarez is still banned for the first six games of Liverpool's season.
He's Back at Anfield, Too
Two weeks after his terrific reception from the fans at Steven Gerrard's testimonial at Anfield, Suarez was back to watch the Reds in their opening game of the Premier League season against Stoke City.
Quite a lot has changed in that fortnight, of course, and it was something of a low-key entrance for the Uruguayan once he pushed his way through the crowds outside the ground.
Once he got in there, he received a warm reception from some of the Reds fans inside the stadium, with everyone seeming to now accept that—while Suarez might not be expressing his love for the Reds any time soon—he seems to know he'll be staying now.
He ended up watching a pretty eventful game too, with Daniel Sturridge giving the Reds a lead that they preserved until the end of the contest, when Simon Mignolet saved Jonathan Walters' penalty.
Was Suarez impressed enough to want to stay at the club? It seems he doesn't really have a choice...
Rodgers 'Very Satisfied' with Resolution
Speaking after the 1-0 win over Stoke, Rodgers declared that the Suarez situation was resolved.
As reported by the BBC's Ben Smith, the Liverpool manager said:
He is a part of our team, part of our club.
But I won't be saying anything on Luis Suarez, purely out of respect to the players that are here working hard. The only thing I will say is that I am very satisfied with the way everything has been resolved. We as a club are looking to the future and moving forward.
All over, then? It would seem so...
Gunners Under Fire
For so long Arsenal seemed to be Suarez's likely destination this summer, but now the Gunners have to focus on getting their own house in order.
A 3-1 opening-day defeat at home to Aston Villa has plunged the Gunners into that familiar "crisis" zone they seem so keen find themselves in at the beginning of most seasons, with boss Arsene Wenger left facing tough questions over whether or not he'll splash the cash this summer.
Having failed to sign Gonzalo Higuain, Luiz Gustavo and now seemingly Suarez this summer, it remains to be seen where Wenger turns next.
Suarez Chase Is Over, Admits Wenger
Is that it? Is it over?
Speaking after Arsenal's 3-0 Champions League playoff victory over Fenerbahce in Turkey, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger admitted that there was now "absolutely no chance" that his side were going to sign Suarez.
That stance of course isn't news to Liverpool, who have stuck by their belief that the forward won't be heading to the Emirates all summer, but now it appears that finally the Gunners have got the message.
As reported in The Independent, Wenger was asked whether the bid for Suarez was dead, to which he said:
Yes. There is absolutely no chance of that.
As you were then.