Transfer Update – Liverpool owner insists Suarez won’t be sold to Arsenal amongst rumour of an improved bid from the Gunners, while Everton are likely to reject any bid for Fellaini and Baines from Manchester United.
.Liverpool Owner Says Suarez Won’t Be Sold To Arsenal
It seems this transfer saga will get uglier with each passing day and is likely to be prolonged till the end of this transfer window. After Luis Suarez went public with his desire to leave the Merseyside club and accused them of breaking a promise of letting him go if they failed to qualify for the Champions League this season, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has categorically claimed that no such promises were made and that his contract has no clause by which the English club will be forced to sell him this summer.
Rodgers, along with the Liverpool fan, have been infuriated by Suarez’s public comments, and the Liverpool manager has ordered him to train away from the rest of the squad. Now owner John W Henry has insisted that Liverpool won’t sell Suarez this summer even if they receive an increased bid from Arsenal as their won’t be any time to buy a proper replacement for him. He also stated that since Arsenal are their direct rivals for the Champions League qualification spot in the league, it would be ‘ludicrous’ to strengthen them.
“We are not going to sell Luis.
“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,” he said. “I have not said it to Stan (Kroenke, Arsenal’s majority shareholder) but I had a personal conversation with Ivan Gazidis (Arsenal chief executive) and told him we would not sell.
“He won’t be sold even if a foreign club comes in, because we do not have time to sign a suitable replacement.
“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.
“The manager is upset, as he should be, and the supporters are upset,” said Henry. “But we need Luis. Hopefully this will pass.” – The Liverpool owner was quoted in press.
Everton Likely To Reject Manchester United’s Offer For Fellaini
Everton are unlikely to entertain Manchester United’s interest in Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.
The Belgium international has perhaps had his best season in Everton colours last time around. Fellaini, who was deployed a more attacking role, scored 11 goals and made five assists in the league for the Merseyside club. His best performance last season, came in the match against Manchester United at the start of the season, where he almost singled-handedly bullied United defense and midfield. These performances haven’t gone unnoticed as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United were linked with a move for the 25-year-old midfielder.
According to latest reports, David Moyes is planning a raid on his former club as Manchester United continues their search for a new midfielder. The reigning Premier League champions have already missed out on Thiago, who joined Bayern Munichm, and Fabregas, who recently committed his future to Barcelona. David Moyes has seemingly turned his attention towards Fellaini and is believed to be preparing a £30m bid for the Belgium international and Leighton Baines, who has been a long-term target for the club as well.
But Everton are likely to reject United’s offers as the Merseyside club is unwilling to lose two of their key players to the English club, having already lost their manager to them this summer. New manager Roberto Martinez is also keen on holding on to Fellaini and Baines as he starts his career at the new club this season, although if United return with an improved offer of £40m for the duo Everton might be tempted into considering it.