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Have Arsenal Really Signed Matias Suarez On A Pre-Contract Agreement?

Arsenal are reported to have secured an agreement to sign Anderlecht striker Matias Suarez in the summer for £5m, we look at how accurate these reports are.

Matias Suarez

For those of you who haven’t heard, Arsenal have reportedly secured a pre-contract agreement to sign Anderlecht striker Matias Suarez in the summer.

A well respected South American journalist, Javier Perez, claims to have spoken directly with the player, who confirmed that an agreement is in place whereby he will move to Arsenal at the end of the season for a fee believed to be in the region of £5m.

You can read the original article by Perez here, but i will give a brief overview for you. It should be added that L’Equipe have also confirmed these rumours and also say a deal is in place.

Perez claims to have spoken with the Argentinean striker directly on Monday, and the 23-year-old confirmed the Gunners wanted to bring him to London this month but he wanted to repay Anderlecht for their faith in him and see out the rest of the season with them before leaving.

So Arsenal negotiated the following agreement:

  • Sign Suarez at the end of the season, for a set fee believed to be around £5m
  • Arsenal can back out of the deal if the player loses form to a worrying degree
  • Anderlecht can not increase the sale price should Suarez’s form improve significantly
  • No clauses included whereby Anderlecht or Suarez can pull out.

Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Arsenal apparently agreed to wait till the summer as it now gives them plenty of time to put together a case to apply for a work permit for the Argentine, who is yet to establish himself at international level so may struggle to secure a UK work permit.

However, it’s believed that Suarez could be successful in gaining a special dispensation due to the fact he was the top scorer in the Europa League last season and has been a regular first team player two years at Anderlecht, who are consistently challenging for their domestic title and playing Champions League football.

So Suarez can hardly be regarded as a youngster just starting out in his career. He’s an established player who just hasn’t been able to get past the likes of Messi, Aguero and Higuin in the national team set up.

The terms of this supposed ‘agreement’ are very favourable to Arsenal. Which leads me to question whether it really does exist or not. Would Anderlecht really sell one of their best players for as little as £5m, on a pre-contract agreement whereby if the player has an amazing second half of the season they can’t ask for more money? Surely it would be in their best interest to wait till the summer and try to auction the player off to the highest bidder?

However, a major factor in this could be the fact Arsenal and Anderlecht have a development agreement in place. So the two clubs have close ties and a very good working relationship, so their might just be some foundation to this one.

Anderlecht have come out and denied any agreement is in place, which is to be expected. I wouldn’t expect them to do anything but deny it whether it’s accurate or not. Arsenal are renowned for doing their business behind closed doors.

Suarez himself has stated he won’t leave Belgium this winter, which again goes along with this rumour that he’ll join in the summer. So there are some encouraging signs that this could be true. But i would still be very surprised if the agreement is as favourable towards Arsenal as suggested.

The next question for Arsenal fans should be; is he any good and is he going to play alongside Van Persie or is he a potential replacement?! 

I don’t know too much about Suarez, but his goalscoring record is average. 37 goals in 127 games is decent, but when you consider the quality of the Belgian league, he’s hardly pulling up trees is he? But he sure as hell better not be a direct replacement for Van Persie. It doesn’t bare thinking about, so i’m not going to say anymore on that matter.

My big worry though is that if this rumour is true, then it most likely means Arsene Wenger won’t be bringing in any more striking reinforcements this month. Sure Thierry Henry’s return has boosted everyone connected with the club. But he’s only hear till the middle of February, then what? Rely on Chamakh? No thanks.

We’ve just about got by relying on Van Persie to score the goals but we need a proper back up and we need it now, for the rest of the season. Otherwise we can kiss goodbye to the top four. Over to you Arsene….



  1. Cjay

    January 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    All hail Carlos Vela the 2nd!!!!!

    • Mr Finch

      January 13, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Who said you could speak? You’d never even heard of him before this story so why should anyone listen to you?

  2. Hashim

    January 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    This sounds a bit like last year when there were reports that Arsenal had signed or had a pre-contract agreement with another Argentine, Ricky Alvarez. Remember where he ended up??? Hopefully, this time it would be true and Arsenal may sell either Chamakh or Park, or even both.

    • RVP10

      January 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm


      Yeah, i remember the Alvarez case. And many similar ones before that!

      Park is a strange case, he’s not even been given a chance. It’s clear Wenger has lost faith in Chamakh, but Park is just being left with the reserves.

      • Mike

        January 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

        I also remember it being said that we had a pre-contract agreement with Hazard

    • Mr Finch

      January 13, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Alvarez was offered a contract. When Inter found out how much we were paying him, they offered a bit more and he also had a few Argentines there so he went there. He didnt sign anything with Arsenal.

  3. Dom

    January 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Anderlecht – the place where Lukaku looked good.

    • Mr Finch

      January 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Lukaku IS good.

  4. Davi

    January 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    It’s interesting that 3 players here are mentioned as though they are “flops” despite never being given a chance for their respective clubs – Park has just arrived and scored 1 goal in 3 games, Vela has never had a proper chance at arsenal, and every time he started as a striker in a 4-4-2 formation, he was devastating; and lukaku has only just arrived at chelsea and hasn’t had any sort of chance to really show what he can do yet either!

  5. frankie frankie

    January 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    5 mil for Arshavins replacement sound pretty good to me. I have watched him in one game and he looked pretty good. Drifted in and out but no worse than arshavin or gervinho and from his youtube (yes, everyone looks good in youtube)he looks like he has plenty of skill.

    I would have thought he would have been ablet to apply for belgium citizenship. i thought you only need to live in the country for 3 years but we’ll see.

    I will take anything other than Arshavin and Chamakh right now so i’m looking forward to this Happening. Welcome to Arsenal Matias

    • jamie

      January 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      i think he would be chamacks replacement

      arshavins would most likely be kalou from chelsea

  6. DK

    January 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    False information, why would Anderlecht let him leave for 5M if he has a contract untill 2015 and he said yesterday he would like to stay another season to defend his golden-shoe title…

    • RVP10

      January 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm


      Didn’t he say he wanted to remain until the end of this season? Which goes along with what this Perez guy has reported.

      I do agree about the price though. £5m seems cheap to me for one of Anderlechts best players. Considering they sold Lukaku for close to £20m as well.

  7. bishop

    January 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    hope its true.let it not end like alves that end up in inter millan. But wenger should play park. He has got quality and can play any where acros front line. Wenger is frustrating park but its unfair

    • yip

      January 12, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      not so sure if it is wenger frustrating park as the form of rvp and the fact that we keep putting chamack in the shop window to get rid but do agree he has class being very quick with a ferocious shot and i am not so sure any of us sat in front of computer screens know more than wenger himself if the kid got skills arsene will know when to utilise them

  8. yip

    January 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    everybody is knocking this kid before he even arrives if so you so called arsenal fans should hang your head in shame the reason park hasnt played is that afc is a very demanding team with very demanding fans if arsene gave him his chance and the lad didnt take it with both hands like many players, who need time to settle, the so called fans would be calling for wengers head just like after every bad result we have.
    could i please cast your minds back to the likes of jlungberg, flamini and hleb who all learnt their trade at lesser clubs then shot to fame flying with the gunners if he is good enough he will come if not their will be someone else coming in in arsene we trust…..
    and also as for vela he is in his stages of maturing as a player on loan, and if it works which i have no doubt it will when hes knocking in 20+ goals a season for the arsenal, i want all of you fans to remember all the slating of wengers use of this fella, instead of the good old one we believed in wengers choice to send him on loan to make him who he is about to become in years to come

  9. Pritpal

    January 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm


  10. Arse&Nose©

    January 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

    There is no such thing as a pre-contract agreement unless it’s for a player who has a market of one. For example C.Ronaldo and R.Madrid.

  11. Spanish Breakfast

    January 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

    If it is true, then I believe him to be Arshavin’s replacement!

  12. chris

    January 13, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    As with Inamoto, Park was clearly signed to sell shirts and help increase our eastern fan-base. Arsene believes that all imports require a year to adjust to the premier league, at which point we may get 18 months of 1st team action out of him before he heads back east for his national service.
    Such a deal would only make sense if he was already up to the rigours of the PL, or if he was one of the top players in europe, which, no offense, he clearly isn’t.
    The whole thing only makes sense as a financial investment.

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