18 responses

  1. Bean
    August 6, 2013

    LFC should push hard for Costa, before they lose Suarez. If he’s going to try to leave the club, they’ll need to replace him with somebody. Right when it looked like LFC had a top 5 squad.

  2. wides
    August 6, 2013

    Suarez not submitting a transfer request is not all that surprising. He has several years left on a lucrative contract with LFC. Contracts have loyalty bonuses that reward players for staying through the life of the contract. If the player is sold by the club (obviously before the end of that contract) then the player is eligible for the loyalty bonus. However, submitting a transfer request, quite appropriately negates the “loyalty” aspect. If he submits a transfer request he does not get the bonus. It’s all about money. Clubs are not obligated to sell even with a transfer request, so it won’t always accomplish it’s goal, and can be financially negative.

    Which is why transfer requests are more rare than you might think. It’s also why Rooney and Bale have yet to submit them to try and force moves to Chelsea and Madrid. They hope that they can “force” through a move without officially appearing disloyal.

    • Tony in Quakeland
      August 6, 2013

      Thanks. That was interesting

    • Kevin_H
      August 6, 2013

      I thought Rooney already submitted two transfer requests?

      • wides
        August 6, 2013

        He may have previously, but for this instance, I don’t believe he has (yet). In either case, it can still be about money. Rooney submitted a transfer request in 2010 and was able to parlay it into an improved contract.

  3. DCUnitedWillRiseAgain
    August 6, 2013

    I have always been pretty skeptical of all the Arsenal doomsayers, but their relentless pursuit of Suarez will be their undoing. He scores a lot of goals, but his ego is to a team what gum disease is to a mouth full of otherwise healthy teeth. And there’s the biting. And the diving. And the intentional hand balls. And the racism.

    I have two words to describe Suarez that you may or may not understand: Albert Haynesworth.

    • HoboMike
      August 6, 2013

      Haynesworth was a waste of space who got a $100M contract and then did absolutely nothing. Suarez’s hunger (pun intended) has never been in question – just his mental capacities.

      So….Dennis Rodman?

    • Tony in Quakeland
      August 6, 2013

      I wanted Higuain, because he has a temperament that I think would fit in well with Arsenal. But at this point, the team is solid and smart. Add a bit of mad genius and, who knows? At this point, I’ll take him.

      By the way, Wenger did well in the past with a certain ill-tempered striker a few years back…

  4. HoboMike
    August 6, 2013

    It’s amazing to me that he goes on the offensive against the English media, and then wants to move the one place where the English media is in full force.

    To top it all off, ‘Pool supporters cheered him at every turn at Gerrard’s testamonial. I’m a Liverpool fan, and enough is enough already.

  5. Madaoua05
    August 6, 2013

    Knocking Alberty Haynesworth?? C’mon.

    What’s the matter with showing up to preseason camp grossly overweight and out of shape? What’s the matter with laying down on the field in the middle of a regular season game and refusing to get up while the running back goes right by you? What’s the matter with punching a driver who had the nerve to change lanes in front of your car?

    Joking aside, for this lifelong DC resident and Liverpool fan, the Haynesworth comparison is spot on.

    • Travis
      August 6, 2013

      How is it spot on? The one thing nobody can question about Suarez is his drive and effort in game. The man plays every game at full throttle. Haynesworth became lazy, fat and useless. There are plenty of things to hate about Suarez but that comparison isn’t right.

      • House
        August 6, 2013

        I agree. I have no idea how they got to Haynesworth.
        Sometimes people try too hard.

  6. David M
    August 6, 2013

    Тhe Suarez saga, the Bale saga, the Rooney saga … This is why I don’t really have much interest in club soccer any more. Teams are no longer built — they’re bought and sold.

    • Tony in Quakeland
      August 6, 2013

      Not entriely fair from Arsenal’s point of view. They built the core of their team, either developing them or buying youngsters. Suarez would be adding a final piece. This is hardly the Man City approach.

    • Travis
      August 6, 2013

      These types of things have gone on for a long time, the best teams have long purchased the best players. Rooney being a great example since he was plucked from Everton almost a decade ago now.

      • David M
        August 6, 2013

        Well, that all depends on your definition of “long time”. I still remember when Ajax and Bayern became the best teams in Europe by basically developing their own players, and clubs from countries like Belgium, Yugoslavia, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, etc could expect to (and did) advance very far in all European competitions.

  7. DC Josh
    August 6, 2013

    The Premier League starts next weekend, Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  8. Limey
    August 6, 2013

    I’m far from an Arsenal fan but I certainly respect the club, the manager and the way they go about thier business. So this Suarez thing seems so out of chracter, I suspect they would regret signing him for many, many years. There is real class at that organization, Suarez has none.

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