Arsene Wenger on Luis Suarez: "We had an agreement"


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reveals that his club were close to signing former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in the 2013-14 summer.

Luis Suarez
The French boss was looking to replace striker Robin van Persie who left a big void to fill in after his move to Old Trafford. It was a bold move – after all, the Uruguayan is one of the world’s best strikers at the moment.
However, despite an agreement with the player, Liverpool were reluctant to sell the striker in 2013. The Merseyside club also agreed upon selling the former Ajax striker to abroad the very next summer.
The news was a big talking point in 2013; with several sources revealing Gunners’ cheeky 40 million and a pound bid to match his release clause.
Arsenal boss told BeIn Sports: “He was very close [to signing for Arsenal]. We had an agreement with the player. We had been wrongly advised that he had a clause, with a minimal clause, but we had a deal with the player. You can ask him.”
However, unluckily for Arsenal, Liverpool convinced the now-Barcelona forward to stay for one more year. The forward enjoyed one of his best seasons under Liverpool as they were close to winning the title.

Arsene Wenger continued: “I’m convinced he wanted to join us. Then they kept him one more year, improved his contract and promised to sell him the year later to a club abroad.”

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