Suarez Speaks! Striker Wants Arsenal Move & Will Submit Transfer Request

By on August 7, 2013

It’s a day many have been waiting for and it’s finally arrived; Luis Suarez has spoken out about his desire to leave Liverpool and confirmed he wants to join Arsenal this summer.

After weeks of posturing and Liverpool insisting the striker wasn’t for sale, Suarez had to prove he really wanted out and boy has he done just that in a sensational interview in the Guardian.

The Uruguayan confirmed he has a verbal and written agreement with Liverpool that he’d be allowed to leave for a Champions League club this summer if they failed to finish in the top-four last season.

The 26-year-old told the Guardian that he’s prepared to submit a transfer request [no quotes supplied by the paper] by the end of this week if he’s not allowed to join Arsenal and is prepared to take his case to the Premier League with the full backing of the PFA.

“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.”

“I have the club’s word and we have the written contract and we are happy to take this to the Premier League for them to decide the case but I do not want it to come to that,” he said.

“I don’t feel betrayed [by Liverpool] but the club promised me something a year ago just as I promised them that I would stay and try everything possible to get us into the Champions League.

“They gave me their word a year ago and now I want them to honour that. And it is not just something verbal with the coach but something that is written in the contract. I’m not going to another club to hurt Liverpool.”

“I’m 26. I need to be playing in the Champions League. I waited one year and no one can say that I did not give everything possible with my team-mates last season to get us there.”

“It is not as if I am asking to move to a local rival. And I would not consider moving to a club outside the Champions League. I have made my desire to move known in private various times and now it feels like the time for me to make it public.

“I have to put my career first. People say Liverpool deserve more from me but I have scored 50 goals in less than 100 games and now they could double the money they paid for me.

“I spoke with Brendan Rodgers several times and he told me: ‘Stay another season, and you have my word if we don’t make it then I will personally make sure that you can leave.'”

So there we have it from the players mouth. He’s confident there is both a verbal and written agreement. If true, I’m not sure what Liverpool are playing at. Even if it turns out there is no official agreement in his contract, surely this interview has made Suarez’s stay at Liverpool impossible? Would fans even want him to stay now?!

Of course we’ve been here before, just 12 months ago a certain Dutchman pulled a very similar trick and it eventually led to his ‘dream’ move to Man Utd. I see no way Liverpool can keep him now after this, and I’m guessing the club have forced Suarez into making a public statement in order to save face. They make it clear they want him to stay and he’s not for sale, the striker kicks up a fuss forcing the club to sell him. The player is the cast as the villain and the club save are seen as they did all they could to keep him. It’s how big transfer are done these days.

Many feel Suarez may be using Arsenal to get a move to Real Madrid, but he claims he wants to play in the Premier League for ‘many more years’ and now that Arsenal are giving him the chance to play in the Champions League, he ‘very much’ wants to take it:

“Right now the Premier League is the biggest and most important league. My record shows that I’m not the kind of player who wants to change clubs every season and I would have no problem playing in England for many more years. If we are just talking about the level of the football and the way the supporters are then it is an incredible league. Any player in the world at the moment would like to play here.”

“I feel I have done enough to be playing in the Champions League at this stage of my career,” he says. “Now there is an option for me to do that and I want very much to take it. I went a long time at Ajax without playing many games in the Champions League. I am ambitious, I want to be there.”

So Suarez has taken the HUGE step of taking his desire to leave public. There is no going back from this now. The ball is now firmly in Liverpool’s court. They can’t simply hide their head in the sand and pretend this all isn’t happening and maintain that Suarez isn’t for sale. They have a player who wants out and a club who’re prepared to pay £40m for him. Then there is the fact they agreed to let him leave this summer and apparently it’s written into his contract.

While this is all excellent news for Arsenal, my worry now is that Liverpool are going to admit defeat and agree to sell, but will tout him all over Europe trying to find another buyer. While the likes of PSG, Bayern, Juventus and Barcelona don’t need another striker, there is of course the very-real threat of Real Madrid.

The good news is they are concentrating their efforts, and their finances, on trying to sign Gareth Bale and if they end up signing him it’s going to cost them the best part of £100m. I very-much doubt the Spaniards have another £40m to spend, particularly given the fact they’ve already spent well over £60m this summer.

So all the signs are that we’re in the box seat, let’s see how things progress over the next few days. Hopefully a formal transfer request goes in on Friday.

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What do you make of the Suarez interview? Do you think he’ll end up joining Arsenal?


  1. Epicurean

    August 7, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Wohoo! Cmon Suarez! Now we just have to shut up the tabloids, BR still hasn’t said if he gave his word. They have made a huge play of loyalty but he will look pretty stupid if he’s forced to say he lied. He definitely said something otherwise the clause wouldn’t exist at all and even TS admit it exists. Free Luis Suarez!! COYG!!!

  2. sheun david

    August 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I love to see him @Arsenal dis summer

  3. idowu ogundele

    August 7, 2013 at 10:38 am

    im very sure that arsenal will buy luiz suarez in this transfer

  4. Gus

    August 7, 2013 at 10:40 am

    You are judged by the friends you keep.

  5. Abdirahm

    August 7, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Welcome Suarez

  6. vincent ouma

    August 7, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I wanted him even before we played emirates cup,
    please wenger should not not late us down this time round.

  7. Peter

    August 7, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Suarez quote ” “Right now the Premier League is the biggest and most important league. My record shows that I’m not the kind of player who wants to change clubs every season”
    Does he forget Groningen to Ajax 2007, Ajax to Liverpool 2011 and now Liverpool to ? 2013 all moves forced by Suarez himself.

    • BG

      August 7, 2013 at 10:58 am


    • Berth

      August 7, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Louis knows his pontential and all he need is for him to play in champion league.

  8. Dav

    August 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I can’t see him mention Arsenal at all

    • BG

      August 7, 2013 at 10:58 am

      Was just about to say that!

    • Big Gooner

      August 7, 2013 at 11:19 am

      “Now l have the option to do that” (play in champions league) “and want very much to take it” now forgive me if lm wrong here but seeing as the only offer on the table is from Arsenal therefore when he says “an option” it can only refer to that offer ergo he means an option has arisen to sign for Arsenal and he wants to take it. So theres no need to name a particular club ” l cant see him mention Arsenal” when everyone par u it seems knws who he is talking about

  9. Peter

    August 7, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Just heard that moneybags PSG want to pair Suarez with his countryman Cavani

  10. Bill Nic

    August 7, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I love the way this article makes out he wants to play for Arsenal. So, if Real Madrid come in for him, he will turn them down and wait for Arsenal?
    Utter rubbish.

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  12. swiller

    August 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Your taking all of this as if what suarez is saying is the truth. he would have to prove that he had a verbal agreement and seeing as this has only come out in the last few weeks when he realised that the surposed clause wasn’t what he thought it was, then I’m not sure he’ll be able to prove a verbal agreement exsists. especially since he gave an interview at the beginning of the year were he states that he wouldn’t need to leave if liverpool didn’t qualify for the CL when the team were in 11th or 12th. The difference between Suarez & VP is that he has 3 years left on a contrat he signed last year, Liverpool can do what they want and if he wants to sulk and kick up a fuss he has to remember it’s a world cup year and liverpool aren’t as relient on him as last year.

    • Big Gooner

      August 7, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Your right he can stay an play for a manager that he says has lied to him or worse conned him with a clause he belived meant what he thought it did.
      Of theres no chance that he is telling the truth and its Rodgers that lying is there not like he has done it before…” Brendan has promised us he wont try to sign any of our players” from the Swansea chairman with regard to questions about Liverpool wanting Joe Allen just before Liverpool signed said player

  13. Oxtyn

    August 7, 2013 at 11:36 am

    If Suarez eventually comes to Arsenal, fine, even though I’m not utterly excited because he’ll be coming with so much baggage starting with 6 games ban.

  14. sid

    August 7, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Liverpool signed a contract letting Suarez talk to other clubs if they offered over £40 million.
    They have had the bid, now they are saying he isn’t for sale. surely that breaks the contract. Verbal agreement or not.

  15. swiller

    August 7, 2013 at 11:48 am


    So you know what in his contract? liverpool believe his contract only requires them to tell him of any bids that is why he’s not an arsenal player, they believe that they can still demand whatever fee they believe the players worth. The Vebal agreement would have to be proved as it’s seperate to the written contract as liverpool have not acknowledge that their is a verbal contract

    • sid

      August 7, 2013 at 11:51 am

      I agree with what your saying as you repeated what I already said about the contract,, but they should now sit around a table and thrash out the price, but liverpool are saying he isn’t for sale.

    • Big Gooner

      August 7, 2013 at 11:53 am

      So Sid cant knw whats in his contract but u do

  16. swiller

    August 7, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I don’t know what is in his contract at all, if you read what I said is that ‘liverpool believe’ which has been widely reported. Liverpool have also said they will no sell to a rival, you can go on about if liverpool are arsenals rivals all you like but it’s up to us how we define a rival, as in another team that play in a competion we play in. Why don’t arsenal make us an offer we can’t refuse then we may change our minds but at £40m+ 1pounds it’s taking the piss.

  17. sid

    August 7, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    If Liverpool won’t sell to there rivals, that should have been put in the contract clause.
    Then that would have made the bid void.

    Liverpool must have put a valuation of £40 million on the player or they would have set the clause higher.

    Just because Bale has had a stupid valuation Liverpool suddenly want a lot more.

  18. peter otieno

    August 7, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    let liverpool give luiz a chance to play uefa

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