Following their rejection of a second Arsenal bid for striker Luis Suarez, Liverpool owner John. W. Henry has postulated that things may not be totally normal at Arsenal.
The Gunners made a £40,000,001 bid for the vampire-like striker, which triggers a clause in Suarez’s contract that he must be informed, but it doesn’t mean they must accept it.
63-year old Henry, who also owns the Boston Red S0x, ridiculed Arsenal’s bid, writing in a tweet “What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?”
What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?
— John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) July 24, 2013
While they remain determined to keep their prized asset, who scored 30 goals for the club in 44 appearances last season, their resolve is likely to be tested if the bidding continues to rise.
Should Arsenal persist and have an improved bid accepted, it could come close to trebling their previous highest initial outlay on a transfer.
The Gunners, whose first offer for Suarez was £30m, paid a reported £15m to Zenit St Petersburg for Andrey Arshavin, in January 2009.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers last week said he considered Suarez to be at least as valuable as Edinson Cavani, who recently joined Paris St-Germain for £55m.
Real Madrid remain interested but have yet to make a formal offer.