We break down Arsenal's failed attempt to sign the forward from Liverpool and look at why their bid was perfectly fine.
Arsenal's £40m + £1 bid to lure Luis Suarez away from Anfield has been a subject of much ire among the Gunners' faithful and mockery from rival fans. It's time to put this debate to bed for good and we explain why.
- Suarez did indeed have a £40m + £1 clause in his contract, however, it was not a release clause, but rather just a starting point for negotiations.
- The Gunners knew it at the time and their intent was not to buy the forward for £40m + £1 but to kick off a conversation with Liverpool and submit higher bids after that.
- However, owner John Henry went public with the offer to divert attention from his player's desire to leave and mocked Arsenal instead.
- Naturally, the Gunners refused to continue negotiations after the Anfield outfit publicised the details to all and sundry.
- That's also the reason Arsenal never went to court to legally bind Liverpool to let the player go - they knew the clause was not a buyout one.
- Eventually what Liverpool achieved was alerting everyone to the existence of a £40m threshold for negotiations to start and the player left for Barcelona a mere year after that.