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Liverpool Owner: I’ve Personally Told Arsenal We Won’t Sell Suarez At Any Price

Liverpool owner John Henry has dealt Arsenal’s hopes of signing Luis Suarez a decisive blow after stating that the striker wont be sold at any price this summer

With the summer transfer window now open, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Liverpool insist Luis Suarez will not be sold this summer.

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Liverpool owner John W Henry has dealt Arsenal’s hopes of signing Luis Suarez a decisive blow after publicly stating that the striker will not be sold at any price this summer, according to the Guardian.

Suarez went public with his desire to leave Liverpool for Arsenal this summer in a stunning interview in the Telegraph on Tuesday where he pleaded with Liverpool to let him leave in order to play in the Champions League next season.

The Uruguayan claims to have both a verbal and written agreement with the club that allows him to leave this summer if someone tables a bid in excess of £40m – something the Gunners have done two weeks ago.

However, Liverpool rejected Arsenal’s £40,000,001 offer and insist there is no buy-out clause and following on from Brendan Rodgers’ dressing down of the player on Wednesday where he accused the hitman of showing Liverpool a lack of respect, owner J.W.Henry has now had his say in a hard-hitting interview in the Guardian.

The American described the idea of selling their star man to Arsenal as “ludicrous” as they regard the north Londoners as a main rival for a top-four finish next season and he says he’s told Ivan Gazidis personally that they will not be selling to the Gunners this summer.

Henry also claims they will refuse to sell to any club, at any price this summer, as there is no time left for the club to find an adequate replacement. Here’s what Henry told the Guardian:

“We are not going to sell Luis. For all the top clubs it’s extremely important [not to sell to a rival] but especially for Liverpool because we’re not in Europe this year and have not been in the Champions League for a while. To sell to a rival for those positions, or one of them, would be ludicrous. Liverpool needs to be playing in Europe. It needs to be playing in the Champions League. That’s what Liverpool football club is about.”

“I’m unequivocal that we won’t sell to Arsenal, whatever the bid is. 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.”

“We made that clear early-on. Players usually want to win. They want to go, generally in any sport, where they can win. That’s why I think this particular episode is misguided. We’ve won more trophies than Arsenal, but I really don’t want to get into that.”

Henry feels the issue has now been resolved and is adamant Suarez will still be a Liverpool player when the transfer window closes. He continued:

“I think the issue has been resolved now,” he said. “We have said ‘no’. Luis will be a Liverpool player on September 3 [the day after the transfer window closes].”

The LFC supremo was then asked if he could see Suárez playing for Liverpool again, to which he responded:

“That’s going to be between the manager and player. The manager is upset, as he should be, the supporters are upset, Luis is, but that’s going to be between those two and his team-mates. We need Luis. Hopefully this will pass.

“If you look at the full context of what’s happened here it’s jarring to all our supporters. The club has stood by him so strongly at a time when you could question whether the club should have stood by him [over the Patrice Evra racism controversy], but they did. I wouldn’t say we regret that. The manager and his team-mates were solidly behind him. They were out on the field that day. So we felt they knew more about what occurred than we did, on the field.”

These are definitive lines from the Liverpool owner and it’s difficult to see how he could back down from this stance, so it seems they are prepared to force the want-away striker to remain at Anfield.

It leaves Arsenal’s bid to sign Suarez, and the players bid to force a move, hanging in the balance. Suarez still has the option of handing in an official transfer request but that’s highly unlikely to change the Merseysiders hard-line approach.

The only avenue left is for the South American to take his case to the Premier League in the hope that they side with him over this contentious clause. However, PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor revealed that there is no specific buy-out clause in the contract and there is no guarantee taking the case before the Premier League would result in him getting a move. He did say there is a ‘good faith’ clause that states Liverpool have to enter negotiations if a club offers in excess of £40m – but they are under no obligation to sell.

So it seems Arsenal’s pursuit of Suarez has hit a dead end and even if they up their bid to beyond £50m, it would still be rejected, judging by Henry’s remarks tonight.

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Do you think Liverpool are right to force Suarez to stay? Or should they cash in and move on? Share your views below.

33 Comments

33 Comments

  1. Epicurean

    August 8, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    We’ve won more trophies than Arsenal but I won’t get into that? – Why don’t you turn Anfield into a museum to display your 5 cups?

    • TNT

      August 9, 2013 at 12:44 am

      By the way how many did arsenal won?

  2. Previgo

    August 8, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I wonder how you would cope with a player who has no intention of playing for your team… Time they say shall TELL. But i surely know the outcome of this

    • TNT

      August 9, 2013 at 12:46 am

      Yeah me too. He will be sold next summer to Real Madrid or Bayern Munich or even Barcelona but certainly not for Arsenal…

  3. happisoul

    August 8, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I think they should cash in and move on, reason being that there’s no point in keeping an unhappy player, especially when he knows exactly where he desires to be playing. Liverpool will only cause themselves more chaos by keeping him. His heart is no more at Liverpool, PLEASE FREE HIM, HE IS NO SLAVE.

    • TNT

      August 9, 2013 at 12:48 am

      It does not matter where his heart is. He is contracted to us and he will play for us whether he want it or not until we decide when and where we will sell him, period!

      • Football Fan Talk

        August 9, 2013 at 10:24 am

        So Liverpool fans can now rejoice and be glad they will keep a player that clearly doesn’t want to be at their club and strive for 4th place, that’s the level of your ambition (Tommy)!! And have you signed anyone else that’s going to have any of the Top 4 think you’re going to be serious competition?

        Well Arsenal, WITHOUT a star striker still finished 4th where you still finished below your local rivals. So we failed in our £40M+ bid, the intent was there so we’ll just move on and sign someone else, could your club enter a bidding war for that amount of money with us??

        Anyways the transfer window is far from over, thing’s have only just started to get interesting!

    • hemanta

      August 9, 2013 at 6:15 am

      if we was a free an as you say then why would he sign a log term deal ? in a big salary ? he is a mercenary that’s all and dont forget next year is worldcup and if he stays on bench then his WC chances will take a hit so he has no other way than to perform for his life , I am really impressed with owner and LFC for his handling this transfer saga

  4. Eljay,gunner4life

    August 8, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I dont know why u & i r so vehement abt dis issue of sellin suarez or buyin, remember non is ur benefit & mine, w r just makin useless noise, let leave them alone & only watch their football marches for entertainment sake, no develop BP bcos of SUAREZ issue o

  5. Gooner4life

    August 8, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Liverpool shot themselves on the foot by going public making comments about Arsenal and accusing Suarez of going public for promises Liverpool made to him now they have an unhappy player who doesn’t want to play for them and pay his wage too…..well that’s no CLASS

  6. tommyt

    August 8, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Stupid bitter amateurs. Let the man go! If you are incapable of convincing him that your club is good enough for him then how can you hold onto him?? It just makes you look small and bitter.

    • TNT

      August 9, 2013 at 12:53 am

      At least we are not stupid enough to sell our best player to our rivals unlike you fools when you sold Van Persie to Man Utd and gifted them the Title on a plate!

    • kay

      August 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      I guess now arsenal re learning how to deal with players who blv they can ve whatever they want, RVP, FABRIGAS, SONG etc forced out arsenal, can’t do dat wt Liverpool. Arsenal should learn from this cos Man utd re coming for wilshere next window

  7. happisoul

    August 8, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Liverpool are only feeling utterly bitter ‘cos its Arsenal getting Suarez, I bet they ‘ll be more pleased with clubs outside England if any comes in. I can imagine what a threat Arsenal is becoming to some clubs now…If i were L’pool owner, i’d let him go and keep our pride and honour.

  8. Dawit

    August 8, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    U have won more trophy then arsenal ! Congratulation !, but he still don’t want to play for ur team . John w Henry …what r u going to do keep him chained up in the basement … Things r changed from when u was younger . We don’t own ppl anymore!

  9. demy

    August 8, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I cannot imagine Liverpool forcing a player of Suarez calibre against his wish..i m 100 percent sure that its gonna be a sweet end..Suarez to Arsenal end of story.

  10. Victor

    August 9, 2013 at 12:09 am

    I think suarez should submit transfer request he really wants to join arsenal.

    • TNT

      August 9, 2013 at 1:02 am

      haha. nice one dude. The only reason he is considering to join Arsenal is because his dream move to real madrid collapsed. You fools were never first choice, just backup. Its just like when you tried to hit on the hot chick but failed and had to go for the ugly fat one. Yeah thats what arsenal is for him!

      • Legoon

        August 9, 2013 at 1:37 am

        And you are footballs me knowledge
        You really are a bell end
        I’ve supported arsenal for 40 years
        And we have never lacked class
        YOUR MOB WENT PUBLIC
        YOU MORON

  11. Nikkogunners

    August 9, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Stefan Kiessling (Bayer Leverkusen, Oscar Cardozo (Benfica, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar(Schalke), Robert Lewandowski(Dortmund)…I beleive we can move on to sign someone who can take us forward.

  12. Luis Garcia

    August 9, 2013 at 12:28 am

    From a nutural perspectiv, i think suarez isnt being fair. All liverpool stood by him wen he mesed up,is ths the way to pay back honestlly? I v lost respect for him coz he has tarnishd our spanish loyalty.

  13. Soccer Games

    August 9, 2013 at 12:38 am

    That’s a great response. There is no way they can afford to give up Suarez to them! He is an excellent soccer player and competing against him would be a disaster. (much like his off the field behavior)

  14. TNT

    August 9, 2013 at 12:42 am

    You arse-nal fans shoud just shut the f#ck up and accept that you lost in your pathetic attempts to sign our best player Luis Suarez. Whether he want to play for you or not is irrelevant since he does not hold any power. The club has. John W Henry has and he made it clear that Suarez is going NOWHERE! Now crawl back to your holes where you belong and go buy players on the cheap from ligue 1 or wherever you get your players usually.

    • Legoon

      August 9, 2013 at 1:42 am

      In your Liverpool slums
      You look in a dustbin for somthing to eat
      You find a dead rat and you think it’s a treat
      In your Liverpool slums
      That’s song that sung about your team
      No class pug boy

  15. adrian

    August 9, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Now I don’t understand….how can u call us bitter wen we still have suarez.jus accept u arse fans that u lost in yo pathetic try to get our super star

    • TNT

      August 9, 2013 at 1:09 am

      Exactly mate. And whats with the ridiculous 40 million + 1 pound that wenger bidded, huh!? Was he trying to be funny. He just made a fool out of himself and confirmed to the whole world how cheaptstake he and his pathetic club is! It certainly backfired on his ugly face and pissed off John W Henry even more. Now he wont sell to those fools never ever and would rather sell on the cheap to some foreign clubs than to them.

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  17. Mr liverpool

    August 9, 2013 at 1:11 am

    God blss u j. Henry…if suarez tinks he can intimidat lfc cos we love him,let him go nd ask Teves hw it feels wen he tries2 force a move out of man c…reserves awaits him incas if he z nt carful..,GODBLS LFC,.. YNWA

  18. Tommy

    August 9, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Fellow football fans will surely understand Arse’s position. They fear LFC for Champions League spot. The only way to beat Liverpool to that place is by disrupting its operations.
    LS will be chained to the basement? Yes because no player is bigger than the club. He will sit and watch, his price will may be fall, but we’ll get to 4th place. Then We’ll see what we do with the Suarez situation. But for this window he is going nowhere.

  19. DL

    August 9, 2013 at 4:33 am

    I love the way LFC handles the matter. Absolutely right. LS should learn what mutual respect is. We need not worry about having an unhappy player on the bench as World Cup year is coming. LS needs to perform if he is given a chance. Lets teach him a lesson and sell him off next year. I am respecting the owner more now.good job.

  20. ale x feguson

    August 9, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Common my zombies well done. Now we have the support of gooners. Let break LFC but I guess henry will loan suarez to real and get a

    replacement . Suarez will play cl and next season LFC is back incl with Suarez

  21. chedoks

    August 9, 2013 at 10:56 am

    unhappy suarez still need playing best in liverpool for WC Brasil 2014… dontworry

    YNWA

  22. Tommy

    August 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    My sole opinion my friend. Now you can stick your bid + a pound where the sun doesn’t shine and jog on
    YNWA too with that pound in your bum lol

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