But as a fickle fan who will probably be creaming his pants over the inevitable execution of some extremely sublime skill at some stage this season, I will instead re-direct my disgust to a more appropriate avenue…
a) Suarez has three years left on his contract
b) There is no actual transfer clause
c) Suarez is undeniably Liverpool’s best player
d) Arsenal are the currently the only club bidding for him
Lets start with:
Arsenal are the only club currently bidding for him
Let’s put this into context and I mean no disrespect. But if Arsenal were a bloke in a club, and I was in the club
with my girlfriend, I would leave my girlfriend around Arsenal all night long no problems. In fact had Rolf Harris showed similar impotence in his pursuit of children. As Arsenal regularly do in their pursuit of signing players, he would still be somewhere singing, 'Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport' on national telly.
The bid surprises me given Arsenal are not ignorant to the human baggage they will be acquiring, plus a repeat of this same situation in a season or two would not surprise anyone. Not even this lady…
From a neutral point of view it will be interesting to see how high Arsenal are willing to bid, as for any of this to happen Arsenal first have to meet the valuation of the player. I still cannot fathom why Higuain, a much more realistic target, did not receive a bid from Arsenal.
It would be wise for Liverpool to come out and say they will not entertain any bids in the last week of the transfer window, this would at least give them a period of time to try and find a suitable replacement, rather than selling him late if their valuation is met. The club appear to have learnt their lessons given how quickly they have tied up
Suarez has three years left on his contract.
Liverpool hold the aces, if their stance is the player is not for sale. They do not have to sell him, regardless of how much of a shitstorm the boy can whip up. Not doing himself justice on the pitch professionally, or moaning all season would potentially damage his own prospects of being signed in any given future transfer window.
Suarez has hinted at taking his case to the Premier League if Liverpool FC continues to block the transfer. The Premier League intervening a player’s contract to allow him to move would make a complete mockery of any contract in football between player and club. Contracts would essentially become completely meaningless were Suarez to succeed with this approach.
There is no actual transfer release clause in his contract
The £40mil + £1 clause is a first in any high profile transfer saga I have heard of. Initially I interpreted this as
nonsense. But there is a debate as to whether this bid has unsettled Suarez further given he is now actively forcing his move.
It is audacious to force a move with three years remaining, if I was the Liverpool owner I would make an example out of him. Let him rot in the reserves for two years and then sell him to a team preferably outside of the Champions League in his final year. Player’s will then have some consequences to consider next time they think about trying to force a move. As of right now Suarez's actions have no downside to him personally. Worst case scenario for him is he plays for Liverpool another season.
Suarez is undeniably Liverpool’s best player
Florent Malouda and Fernando Llorente are the most recent high profile cases of players being banished to the reserves.
“The club's hierarchy have now argued that the player's clear desire to leave makes it inappropriate for him to be in and around the senior set-up.”
Chelsea’s hierarchy got this one right. If only this could be applied to every transfer request going forward. If Liverpool adopted this approach, could Suarez take the risk of forcing a move with three years left?
A possible scenario occurring is Liverpool succeed in keeping Suarez. Then mid-season, ban served, Suarez goes and does a Tevez. Given the attacking options City had, and their unique ability to absorb controversy. I
sincerely doubt Liverpool would be able to cope with this scenario as well as City did.
At the You Know the Score offices it is our belief that Carlos Tevez’s neck scar is the tangible result of an old South American beef with Suarez back in the day when they were little nippers.