Luis Suarez Transfer Rumours: Latest Gossip Surrounding Liverpool Star

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJuly 18, 2013

The EPL season begins Aug. 17, and the Luis Suarez saga doesn't appear to be getting any less murky. 

UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 2, at 2:46 p.m. ET

Tom Davis of has a massive update in the Luis Suarez saga after the player spoke to reporters while on international duty:

"When I left England, I had no news and I have no news now. To me, this is a closed chapter," he told reporters in Uruguay.

"I always said that if something came up, then fine, but if not, then I'd stay happily at Liverpool. And that's what I'm going to do. 

"There were reports of several clubs signing me, but in the end I'm happy because I'm staying at Liverpool."

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UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 1, at 5:25 p.m. ET

From Tony Barrett of The Times:

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UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 1, at 3:35 p.m. ET

From Tancredi Palmeri of CNN:

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UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 23, at 3:10 a.m. ET

Addressing talk of an approach from Real Madrid, the Daily Mail quotes Brendan Rodgers:

It's very difficult at this time. We are trying to get one or two more quality players in through the door. If we (were to) lose Luis at this stage... there might have been a point a few months ago where there was time to (replace him) but with 11 days to go it would be difficult.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 22, at 5:30 p.m. ET

From CNN's Tancredi Palmeri:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 7:05 p.m. ET

BBC Sport reporter David Ornstein reports that there is no possibility of Suarez heading to Arsenal:

Wenger admitted the pursuit of Suarez was over.

Arsenal saw two bids rejected for the Uruguay forward as Liverpool insisted he was not for sale.

"Absolutely no chance of that," said Wenger of Suarez arriving at Emirates Stadium.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 11:50 a.m. ET

From Wayne Veysey of

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UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 17, at 3:25 p.m. ET

Ben Smith of the BBC has an update from manager Brendan Rodgers on the Luis Suarez saga.

"He is a part of our team, part of our club," Rodgers said.

"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."

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UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 16, at 8 a.m. ET

From Sky Sports News:

The Daily Mail's John Drayton provided photos of Luis Suarez during training:

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UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 15, at 6:35 a.m. ET

From BBC Sport:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 6:41 p.m. ET

In response to earlier reports claiming he said he is leaning heavily toward re-signing with Liverpool, Suarez had this to say following Uruguay's loss to Japan, according to Andy Hunter of The Guardian:

 "I didn't say that, maybe someone else did," he was quoted as saying to Japan's Kyodo News. "The main thing is that I am here now with the national team."

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 11:35 a.m. ET

BBC Sport's Ben Smith has the latest on Luis Suarez:

Luis Suarez has not contacted Liverpool over his future despite being quoted in Uruguay that he wanted to stay.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 6:10 a.m. ET

Yahoo! Sports' Eurosport Staff has an update from Luis Suarez:

'For now, because of all the affection of the people, I will be staying,' [Luiz] Suarez told El Observador from Tokyo, where the Uruguay national side are set to face Japan.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 7:35 p.m. ET

From Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated

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UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 12, at 6:45 a.m. ET

Sky Sports' Staff has the latest from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers:

'There has been a lot said and a lot reported, and we have made a stance, as a club and as a manager, of the commitment and the standards required.

If you don't have that commitment, and those standards, then you won't play. It's as simple as that.

If we have got to sit and wait, then so be it. But this is a club that has got great values, and we hope that the situation can be resolved amicably, and I am sure it will be.

There's no problem between me and him, it is quite calm. But obviously I have got to respect the club and the team.'

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UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 11, at 11:35 a.m. ET

Sky Sports has an update on Luis Suarez and Liverpool:

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UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 10, at 3:52 p.m. ET 

Sky Sports reports what Suarez must do before being allowed to train with his Liverpool teammates:

"Initially there will be a recognition that [there needs to be] an apology to his team-mates and the club," said Rodgers when asked what Suarez needed to do next.

"I have seen him over a period of time I know it is not the Luis Suarez we know and I have to protect the fans and the players because they deserve more than that.

"He has spent some days working on his own. The group has been separate to that and working very hard.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 8, at 4:15 p.m. ET

Sky Sports posted this quote from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Luis Suarez:

"Luis has fought for his life for Liverpool. There will come a point where he'll recognize the club is not going to sell and the he goes onto the pitch and he'll give 100 percent.

"He's a world class striker. I've got no question that when he's back he'll have a similar impact [to last season]."

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UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 8, at 7:05 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

From the Daily Star's David Woods and Adrian Kajumba:

"Arsenal are set to smash the English transfer record by offering up to £51m for Luis Suarez."

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UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 8, at 5:15 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

From The Guardian's Andy Hunter:

John W Henry has dealt an emphatic blow to Luis Suárez's hopes of leaving Liverpool by stating the striker will not be sold to Arsenal or to any other European club – for any price – this summer.

Liverpool's principal owner described the prospect of allowing Suárez to join Arsenal as "ludicrous" as he went on the offensive following the player's decision to air his grievances to the Guardian on Tuesday. 

"I'm unequivocal that we won't sell to Arsenal, whatever the bid is," he said. "I have not said it to Stan [Kroenke, Arsenal's majority shareholder] but I had a personal conversation with others at Arsenal and told him [Gazidis] we would not sell to Arsenal."

"He won't be sold even if a foreign club comes in because we do not have time to sign a suitable replacement," he said. "It's a football reason. It's not about finances. That's why at this point, so late in the window, with everyone who's already moved or isn't moving, we can't replace him. So for football reasons we can't sell, and especially to Arsenal."

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UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 8, at 9:05 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

From Mirror Football's Staff:

'My aim is to reach an agreement with the club in a friendly manner and I hope the clause we agreed a year ago is fulfilled. Up to now, it hasn't been,' [Luis Suarez said].

'It's not that I am desperate to leave, but I like things to be clear and a year ago I made my position to the club clear.'

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

From David Maddock of Mirror Football:

The disgraced striker will be forced to train on his own after his astonishing outburst - cynically designed to engineer a move away from Liverpool - provoked the wrath of his manager and the club’s owners.

From Brendan Rodgers, via the Mirror Football report:

“I will take strong, decisive action, absolutely. There has been total disrespect of the club - this is a lack of respect of a club that has given him everything. Absolutely everything,” Rodgers insisted after a friendly win over Valerenga here in Norway."

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 4:05 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

From UK Eurosport

However (Pro Footballers Association chairman Gordon) Taylor – who has read the contract - said the clause does not bind the Anfield club to a transfer.

"If you are going to have a supposed buy-out clause it should be that, but it is different as it says if there is no qualification for the Champions League and if there is a minimum offer of £40 million then the parties will get around the table to discuss things - but it does not say the club has to sell,” he told the Press Association.

"It quite clearly states £40m is a minimum offer for discussions, but it becomes really difficult with such clauses.

"There is a 'good faith' clause in relation to serious discussions but I can't say it is cast-iron buy-out clause.

"Luis is one of our members and we want to be supportive. However, he may well have thought such an offer would trigger a move.

"The interpretation is not that simple by any means and there is no guarantee of getting a (successful) result if it is referred to the Premier League.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 12 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

From The Guardian:

"At the moment the situation is on standby. I heard that [Suárez is considering legal action to force a move], but this is sometimes linked with things that you don't know as a potential buyer," Wenger said to al-Jazeera Sport.

"That is the story between Suárez and Liverpool and I don't know what has been said, what has been promised and what has been written and that is only Suárez and Liverpool that can decide that.

"It is nothing to do with us. We have been told that the player wants to leave Liverpool and that is why we have acted. I really don't know what will be decided by Liverpool."

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 6:57 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

From The Guardian's Sid Lowe:

Luis Suárez has pleaded with Liverpool to fulfil the promise they made a year ago and let him leave Anfield. The Uruguay striker insists that he is prepared to submit a written transfer request by the end of the week if the club continue to block his move to Arsenal. Speaking for the first time since Arsenal made a £40,000,001 bid for him, Suárez told the Guardian he believes that he has been left little alternative.

Suárez claims the club told him they would let him depart if they failed to qualify for the Champions League this season and that a clause in his contract allows him to leave should someone make a bid of more than £40m. He says he has the backing of the Professional Footballers' Association and that he his prepared to take the issue to the Premier League to force his exit and move to the Emirates before the transfer window closes on 2 September.

"Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I'd be allowed to go," he revealed. "I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish – now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement."

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 11:05 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

From The Times' Tony Barrett:

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UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 5, at 6:18 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

From Laurie Whitwell and Sami Mokbel of The Daily Mail:

Luis Suarez is prepared to take legal action against Liverpool in a bid to force through his protracted move to Arsenal.

The Uruguay forward believes the Anfield club are reneging on a clause in his contract that he thinks entitles him to leave Anfield should a Champions League club make a formal offer of over £40million — a step the Gunners have already taken.

Liverpool are disputing the clause, insisting they are obliged only to inform Suarez of the offer.

From Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph:

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UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

The Guardian has the latest from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on the Luis Suarez saga:

"I was surprised," said the Liverpool manager of Arsenal's second bid for Suárez. "I've got to say I've always associated Arsenal as a club with class and so there was a wee bit of a game there. For us, it's about moving on and doing our own work. There will come a point where they understand our position. Obviously they have an interest and they put that interest in with two bids which were nowhere near what the player is worth. That's within their right. There is a market in football for players but from us the message is constant. We do not want to sell."

The Daily Mirror, however, have a report about Suarez's intentions as the situation drags on into the final month of the transfer window:

Luis Suarez will try to force his way out of Liverpool this week.

Suarez and his advisors will turn up the heat on Liverpool as they grow more determined to engineer a £40m move to Arsenal.

They are considering legal action, taking their argument to Premier League arbitration and even putting in a transfer request as the saga threatens to turn nasty at Anfield.

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UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 2, at 9:50 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Sky Sports has the latest on Arsenal's hunt for Luis Suarez, courtesy of Arsene Wenger:

Wenger has made two bids for Suarez - the second being £40million plus £1, which was intended to trigger a clause that would allow them to discuss terms with the Uruguayan.

Liverpool insist that they intend to keep hold of the striker, who joined up with Brendan Rodgers' squad on the tour of Australia.

Wenger said: "I don't want to speak about Suarez, because that is between Liverpool and Arsenal. We will completely respect what Liverpool wants to do. We want to (sign the player) if it is feasible in an amicable way.

"I am a great believer you have to keep as much confidentiality as possible, which is quite difficult in the modern world.

"But we work very hard, not only on the case you name, but on other different cases."

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 24, at 2:47 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Wayne Veysey of has an update on the status of Arsenal's pursuit of Luis Suarez:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 24, at 7:15 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

BBC's David Ornstein and Ben Smith have the latest on Luis Suarez:

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez wants to hold talks with Arsenal over a potential move to the London club.

Suarez believes Arsenal's offer of just over £40m - which was rejected - triggered a clause in his contract that allows him to speak to suitors.

Liverpool interpret the clause differently, but the 26-year-old will inform Reds boss Brendan Rodgers of his wish to meet with Arsenal.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 24, at 7 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Liverpool owner John W. Henry tweeted the following this morning:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, July 23, at 5:42 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

The Guardian's Andy Hunter provides the latest Luis Suarez development:

Arsenal have reinforced their determination to sign Luis Suárez with a club-record bid of £40m plus £1 for the Liverpool striker. The offer was rejected out of hand by Liverpool but they will allow Suárez to open talks over a sensational move to the Emirates Stadium, if he so desires.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, July 23, at 1:55 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

The Daily Mail has an update on Arsenal's pursuit of Suarez.

Arsene Wenger believes the talented Uruguay forward can inspire Arsenal to the Premier League title and has consequently sanctioned an offer for him in excess of a club-record £40million.

A bid of £40m would trigger Suarez's release clause but Arsenal are understood to be offering an initial £35m and a further £7m in add-ons, meaning there is no certainty that Liverpool will accept.

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Original Text

Two moves were starting to look more and more likely as we neared the opening of the transfer window: Gonzalo Higuain to Arsenal and Luis Suarez to somewhere outside of the EPL.

But despite always being "one physical away," neither sensational move has come to fruition. 

Now, the two rumors are merging, with Arsene Wenger and Arsenal reportedly being interested in swooping the controversial Uruguayan striker from Liverpool. 

Of course, the two newest rumors are somewhat contradictory. 

First, word out of Anfield, according to manager Brendan Rodgers (per The Guardian), is that it's going to take "something drastic" to lure Suarez away from his current club:

The Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, has insisted the striker Luis Suárez will remain with the Reds "unless something drastic happens" – while also stressing no player is bigger than the club.

"Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday, Rodgers said: "Luis Suárez is a wonderful player and he is still very much a Liverpool player. No matter who the player is, nobody is bigger than Liverpool Football Club.

"Luis is a very important member of this squad and I am looking forward to working with him again this season after he had such a fantastic season. There has been lots of speculation about Luis moving to another club but, as I said, he is very much a Liverpool player. We had an offer that was nowhere near what we value him at. He's one of the top strikers in the world."

However, it is also being reported that "something drastic" is exactly what Arsenal has in mind. 

Already denied a bid of £30 million for the Liverpool striker (according to the above Guardian report), Wenger has reportedly been given the green light to bump that bid up to £40 million. 

The Mirror's John Cross has the news:

Arsene Wenger has been given the go-ahead to spend £40million on Luis Suarez, writes John Cross in Nagoya .

And Arsenal are confident that Suarez will quit Liverpool for a sensational move to the Emirates.

Gunners boss Wenger also has Gonzalo Higuain and Wayne Rooney on his radar, but Suarez is his No. 1 choice.

As always, take this newest rumor with a grain of salt. 

Wenger is known for his frugality, often choosing instead to grow talent instead of buying it. So, even though he has the available funds, it would be slightly surprising to see him spend £40 million on one player. 

Still, it's hard to deny the allure of Suarez, who put together one of the most dominant seasons in the EPL last season. gives us this infographic, perfectly summing up his worth.

 That being said, the 26-year-old is sort of like the human equivalent of a roller coaster. 

Sometimes he's up, but sometimes he's very far down because of his antics. Most recently, he was banned for 10 games—six of which he has to serve at the beginning of this season—for biting Branislav Ivanovic. 

And it's not even his first biting-related incident

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Suarez is a polarizing player, but there's no doubt he would increase Arsenal's chances of ending its trophy drought. 

"Luis has fought for his life for Liverpool. There will come a point where he'll recognise the club is not going to sell and the he goes onto the pitch and he'll give 100 per cent.

"He's a world class striker. I've got no question that when he's back he'll have a similar impact [to last season]."

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers