Arsene Wenger lifts lid on Arsenal’s £40m plus £1 offer for Luis Suarez. He hoped to activate a clause in the Liverpool star’s contract.
Arsene Wenger has shed light on Arsenal’s ‘ludicrous’ offer for Luis Suarez in 2013 that saw the Gunners bidding £40million plus £1 in an attempt to activate the Liverpool star’s release clause.
Suarez was heading towards an exit from Anfield at the start of the 2013-14 season with the Reds finishing seventh in the Premier League and missing out on Champions League football.
Wenger said Arsenal struck an agreement with both Suarez and his agent, who claimed that the former Ajax star had a clause in his contract allow him to leave for any offer higher than £40m.
But writing in his new book Arsene Wenger: My Life in Red and White, as reported in the Mirror, he revealed that the reported clause never existed.
‘In 2014 [the 2013/14 season] we were looking to get Luis Suarez over,’ he wrote.
‘We had an agreement with the player and his agent. But the agent claimed that there was a clause: with an offer above £40million, Liverpool would be obliged to let the player go.
‘But thanks to an indiscretion within Liverpool, I found out that his clause never existed. To check this was true, we offered £40,000,001. This may have seemed ludicrous, I admit.
‘But Liverpool did not want to sell Suarez, they could afford to keep him and there was already an offer from Barca on the horizon.’
Credit: Daily Mail