Arsenal Rejected Liverpool’s Proposed ‘£40m + Theo Walcott’ Deal For Luis Suarez

By on February 7, 2014

The January transfer window may have slammed shut but clubs will still be working hard behind the scenes at identifying targets for the summer, so we’ll bring you all the latest news, gossip and rumours. Today, Arsenal turned down Liverpool’s player-plus-cash suggestion for Luis Suarez.

Theo Walcott

Arsenal’s failed pursuit of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was one of the summers big transfer stories but now it’s emerged that the Gunners could have got their hands on the prolific striker after all.

According to Goal, the Merseysiders sensationally offered Arsenal the chance to sign Suarez during the final days of the summer transfer window in exchange for £40m PLUS Theo Walcott.

The report claims that Arsene Wenger rejected the offer as it would value Suarez at around £65m and he also didn’t want to lose Walcott – who he valued at at least £25m.

Yesterday, the Frenchman ruled out making another attempt to sign Suarez this summer but it will be interesting to see if he stays at Liverpool if they fail to make the top four.

Goal suggests that the strikers new contract has a buy-out clause that states he can join a foreign club should they miss out on the Champions League, with the release fee believed to be around the £70m mark, but Liverpool wanted to ensure they didn’t have to sell to a domestic rival, which means Arsenal look like they missed their chance to sign Suarez last summer.

The news comes on the eve of Arsenal’s crucial clash with Liverpool at Anfield tomorrow and you have to say, looking at how the seasons have gone for the two players, Wenger may be regretting his decision.

Suarez has been in stunning form, scoring 23 goals in just 19 Premier League games, to make him the odds on favourite to land the Golden Boot and with it, take his value to at least £65m – the figure Arsenal could theoretically have got him for in the summer.

Walcott on the other hand has seen his season severely disrupted by injury with a shoulder problem keeping him out for the majority of the first half of the campaign before a cruel knee injury ended his season last month.

Obviously it’s impossible to know how things would have turned out had the proposed player-plus-cash swap deal gone through in the summer, but there is a strong argument to suggest the Gunners would have been better off had they gone ahead with it.

Although had they signed Suarez, Arsene Wenger would probably not have splashed out £42m on Mesut Ozil, so I suppose the question for Arsenal fans would be; would you rather have Ozil and Walcott or just Suarez?

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11 Comments

  1. Zed44

    February 7, 2014 at 10:56 am

    That is the problem with Arsenal, overvaluing Walcott and undervaluing Suarez. Now, Wenger still can get Suarez for 100m plus Walcott, but I doubt that cheapskate will make that offer.

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  3. Tijani Abdulfatai

    February 7, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Arsenal need striker like suarez.

  4. trugun

    February 7, 2014 at 11:23 am

    So Zed44 you would pay £100 mill for Suarez and throw in Walcot as a sweetener. I can see it now I’ll bet a letter from Arsenal is on its way right now with managerial acumen of this calibre your taking over from the greatest manager Arsenal have ever had is assured. Cheapskate?? yeah your the man!

  5. Billy Goat Gruff

    February 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    If it is true about the Suarez offer from Liverpool then he should have ripped off Liverpool’s hand. Ok ozil is a great player but we did not need anymore mid fielders we needed a striker like Suarez who when injured or substituted can be covered by Giroud. Walcott IMO is not worth what Arsene thinks he is. Another teenage prodigy like pennant that never lived up to the hype. But remaining positive sure draxle lr, or a known talented goal scorer will sign early doors in the summer. I don’t think we will win the championship this year second or third but we have improved. We would have won it had we bought squares and ozil. We had the money to do both aswell and with all the dead wood of payroll could have afforded both.

  6. Agola gordon

    February 7, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Wcot to remain ars suarez wil b lk torres or wenger 2 buy the guy instead.

  7. Agola gordon

    February 7, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    suarez wil b lk torres or wenger 2 buy the guy instead.

  8. nancy

    February 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Am on Wenger side. Walcott is a loyal player. Good breed. We cannot sacrifice him for even 50 Suarez. For the league tittle, Arsenal will definetly win it. No shaking, on Wenger we stand.

  9. Beaveraldinho

    February 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    People who underrate Walcott are COMPLETE fools. 40m plus Walcott is a joke. Why do you think LIVERPOOL proposed it? Why do you think Messi said Walcott is the most dangerous player he has EVER played against?

  10. Nancy Irek

    February 7, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Am on Wenger side. Walcott is a loyal
    player. Good breed. We cannot
    sacrifice him for even 50 Suarez. For
    the league tittle, Arsenal will definetly
    win it. No shaking, on Wenger we
    stand.

  11. Madu

    February 10, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Walcott is a gooner. We need more players like him, players who can make things happen not losing him again.

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