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Ayre: 'We Said No To Arsenal for Suarez'

Ayre: 'We Said No To Arsenal for Suarez'

Liverpool's Managing Director Ian Ayre has confirmed reports that Liverpool have received a bid from Arsenal for wantaway striker Luis Suarez. He also confirmed that Liverpool had rebuffed Arsenal's advances.

Ayre said, 'I've heard him say it would great to have an opportunity to play for Arsenal and likewise Rel Madrid. But He certainly hasn`t called me up and said he wants to leave.

'We had an offer which is fairly public from Arsenal. We said no to that offer, and as far as we`re concerned he turns up for training when he's due back. And we'll move foirard on that basis.

'We get offers for lots of our players at different times. Unless we get to a situation where that player absolutely doesn't want to be here and we don`t want him to be here then that's a different kettle of fish. Right now we'd love to see Luis put on a Liverpool shirt for this season and beyond and we hope that once he gets back things will settle down.'

It's understood that Arsenal had a bid of £30m turned down but have upped their offer to £35m for the Uruguayan striker.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Monday July 15 2013
Time: 8:03PM

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Latest rumour is Real are offering Higuain plus cash for Suarez. Not beyond the bounds of credibility. But they've already signed Isco and will Higuain really want to join a club with no champions league football?
Wyn Mills
15/07/2013 20:09:00
Genuinely shocked that this turned out to be true. It also sounds like Ayre is pushing him to hand in a transfer request, he's blatantly saying that Liverpool will sell him if he says he doesn't want to be hear. Still on the fence about this one. He's clearly a talented footballer and signing him would be a massive statement of intent .... but the guy is more trouble than he's worth. Not to mention the fact that he's sat out more than 18 games due to susspension in the last 18 months.
15/07/2013 20:17:00
Can't believe it either. Have got a horrible feeling we won't hit any of our top targets and that Man Utd will get Fabregas because I'm sure Van Judas will have been raving about him and how they connected when at Arsenal and despite what Fabregas has said in the past this is footballers we're talking about. I get a feeling that Barca don't want to sell but will do if they get offers of around 30m and then Cesc will know he's not wanted and will leave.
15/07/2013 20:56:00
If United get a bid of £30M accepted then Arsene should definately jump in with a £15M bid. Rumour has it we get a 50% cut of any transfer fee. For £15M we'd be idiots not to.
15/07/2013 20:58:00
While I like the sound of that clause, it does sound so far fetched.......not the stuff of good negotiation, if you ask me.
15/07/2013 22:06:00
The price we got for Cesc was pretty low considering the size of his contract. I don't think it's too far a stretch to imagine that was in there. Especially if Barca initially thought Cesc would be there for the next ten years.
15/07/2013 22:46:00
Both great strikers but Suarez has been proven to be class,however I'm in the Higuain camp maintaining that he's young, less hastle with room for improvement. We shall see, we shall see. While cesc is the thing of wet dreams but I rate the possibility at zero, whilst going to United is zero minus one!
15/07/2013 22:47:00
What people say is one thing but why they say it can sometimes be more telling. If Suarez hasn't even indicated to the club that he would like to leave let alone put in a transfer request then why is Ayre saying anything at all?
15/07/2013 23:05:00
That's a decent point Amos, but it's been completely negated by the fact that Suarez has already appeared on television infront of millions of people and said he wants to leave Liverpool. Of course he did say he wanted to leave England alltogether, but that's another story entirely.
15/07/2013 23:19:00
Was he as specific as that? The quotes I've seen seem more guarded. Along the lines of he'll 'study an offers' or rather his agent will and that he's 'flattered by interest'. If he has openly said he wants leave then that changes things.
15/07/2013 23:33:00
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