It appears that despite their chase for multiple world class attacking targets, Arsenal’s lack of effort to hurry up and land a “statement,” signing this summer is causing other clubs to take the upper hand on primary targets Luis Suarez of Liverpool and Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid according to the Mail on Jul. 17, 2013.
Liverpool continue to play hard ball over the prospect of selling Suarez while Arsenal have failed to meet the asking price for Higuain as well.
Now that the London club continues to drag out their potential transfers, news has broken that Real Madrid has entered the race for Suarez and are willing to potentially offer the Reds Gonzalo Higuain plus a cash deal of £25m to take the unsettled Uruguayan to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Suarez has been sensational for Liverpool on the pitch in many ways. However, his antics both off and on the pitch at times have seen his reputation nearly destroyed and his relationship with the English media has pushed him to the breaking point.
Even if Arsenal meet Liverpool’s demands, Suarez could likely be persuaded to move to Madrid if that offer is truly on the table. In 96 appearances for Liverpool the Uruguayan has recorded 51 goals and 24 assists and he is certain to be a key fixture in Brendan Rodgers’ plans for the clubs future.
But Suarez’s situation begs the question, is it worth it for the club to hand on to a player that could bring in £40m at the moment and allow more injection of talent? The Uruguayan is a world class striker if there was one, the fact that his performance this season is what will guarantee his place in the 2014 World Cup would likely see him play to the top of his skills even if he remains on Merseyside.
Liverpool need players like Suarez to ensure they return to the top of the English Premier League and fight their way back into the UEFA Champions League, but if he continues to wish his departure and is not committed to the club, then it is time for the Reds to cut their losses.
Higuain has been a solid producer for Madrid since his arrival from Argentine club, River Plate in 2006. With 122 goals and 46 assists in 266 appearances he has been more than the average top level attacker. However, when compared to Suarez does he has the ex-factor that Arsenal desire, would he have the same flair that Liverpool would be losing if he were to move to Merseyside?
Arsenal need to make up their mind quickly as to which of the two strikers they truly wish to go after as the longer they wait the more likely they are to have neither of them come the end of the transfer window in August.
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