Suarez should have been a Gunner?
By Analia Sordi
Liverpool did not sell the Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez to Arsenal in the summer, despite the Gunners matching the £40 million (€48.5 million) release clause , admitted the owner of the “Reds”, John Henry.
Speaking as part of a panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference during the weekend, Henry admitted that his club refused to sell the current top scorer in the Premier League even though Arsenal's offer exceeded the clause by one pound.
“Arsenal made a bid for 40 million and one pound for him and triggered his buyout clause,” said Henry.
These contract terms allow in theory a player to leave a club if a minimum amount stated in the contract is offered, a requirement fulfilled by Arsenal. Explaining the position of his club, Henry said, "Because apparently these contracts don’t seem to hold, we took the position we’re just not selling.
“What we've found over the years is that contracts don't seem to mean a lot in England, actually not in England, in world football. It doesn't matter how long a player's contract is, he can decide he's leaving."
Since then, Suarez signed a new contract for four and a half seasons with Liverpool. His great form has helped Liverpool reach second in the Premier League.
“It's been great for Luis, it's been great for us," said Henry about the Uruguayan's current form.
At the time of the dispute with Arsenal, Suarez, who had asked the Merseyside club to let him go in order sign with a club that competes in the Champions League, considered to opt for a formal request for transfer and adopt legal action if the dispute was not resolved.
Henry’s comments have spread quickly to social media and it has lead to the creation of the twitter account "FreeSuarez1" that promotes a petition that claims “Luis Suarez is being kept illegally at Liverpool FC. Arsenal met Luis Suarez' £40m buyout clause yet Liverpool owner John W. Henry lied and said Luis Suarez did not have a buyout clause.”
Since signing a new contract, Suarez has shared his desire to stay at Liverpool. Rumors keep surfacing of a potential move to Real Madrid in the upcoming summer transfer window, but Liverpool is keen on keeping the goal-scorer.
Real Madrid are known for their outrageous spending and if Real Madrid want him we might see Suarez wear the “white casaca” after the World Cup. However, a move to Arsenal is now long gone and the only red you will see Suarez wear is the Liverpool’s jersey.