- In 2013 Arsenal activated Luis Suarez' release clause of £40m by submitting a bid which exceeded that amount by £1.
- However, Liverpool refused to let the player go, insisting the clause was a starting point for negotiations and not a binding one.
- Arsenal's bid was later mocked for being ridiculous and Ian Wright has recently joined the queue.
“It’s a nightmare to think about because there was a time when he could have gone to Arsenal” said Wright, speaking on the Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast “but they made that ridiculous bid, a pound extra.”
Well, Wright looks as misguided on the matter as most. Allegedly, Suarez' release clause stated he should be let go if a bid OVER £40m is made - which Arsenal did.
The blame should either lie with Suarez himself, who relayed the wrong info to the Gunners or with Liverpool, who simply refused to let the player go despite being legally obliged to do so.
Watch this space for a full-blown bit of analysis on the matter.