The Uruguayan was linked with a move to the Emirates in the summer of 2013, but the events that followed led Liverpool owner John W. Henry to ask ‘what do you think they’re smoking over there?’
It was alleged that, knowing Liverpool wouldn’t accept a bid of £40m, Arsenal instead offered a single pound more, which was then laughed away by the Reds.
Luis Suarez was heavily linked with a move from Liverpool to Arsenal in the summer of 2013
Suarez fell out with Brendan Rodgers (left) amid the rumours and was banished from the team
Suarez was desperate to leave, and was banished from the first team by Brendan Rodgers, but an incredible U-turn ensued in which the Uruguayan decided to stay for another season. He then left for Barcelona for £75m the following summer.
Now, though, Arsenal’s then transfer guru Law has moved to explain the situation and reveal what really happened in August 2013.
‘That spring, news got round to us that Suarez wanted out of Liverpool,’ he told Goal.
‘We got information that showed us what was negotiated between Liverpool and the player, and in our internal conversations decided that the clause was meaningless, that it was not a buy-out and it didn’t obligate Liverpool to do anything apart from have a conversation.
‘So, whoever agreed to that clause in the Suarez camp was being less than clever because it was never a buy-out. What there was, was an obligation to discuss a transfer if a threshold was met and that threshold was £40m.’
Law added: ‘Now, we didn’t know if Liverpool received an offer of £40m whether they would say, “that’s not more than £40m”. We could have gone with £45m, but the point is we knew there was never a buy-out.
At the time, Liverpool’s John W. Henry asked ‘what do you think they’re smoking’ at Arsenal
‘So, it was never going to be a bid of £40m+1, it was always going to be the start of a negotiation.’
‘We knew that we had to exceed a certain threshold and so we decided to throw another pound on it,’ he said. ‘We could have thrown £50 or £500,000, but it wasn’t going to make any difference to the final negotiation.
‘The offer was just a trigger. Liverpool wanted to make a big deal out of it and that’s fine. When they received our offer they immediately publicised it.
‘I think John Henry wanted to know what we were smoking, which I thought was a bit disrespectful. It was him having a bit of a go because he was getting ready to lose his star player. It was a good way to deflect attention.’
Suarez eventually did move from Liverpool to Barcelona a season later for a fee of £75million
At the time, the bid was ridiculed by both fans and the media, and has since been used as an example of Arsenal’s transfer failings in recent years.
At the time, Gunners legend Ian Wright was particularly scathing about the rumours of Arsenal’s bid.
‘How can £40,000,001 for Suarez – who went to Barcelona for £75m and made them better – get through the different levels of management?’ he asked.
‘For that to come out into the public domain? There’s massive problems at Arsenal.’
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