Following an intense day of twitter speculation it seems the transfer saga of Luis Suarez has finally sizzled out – for now at least.
Yesterday amidst all the speculation regarding Suarez’ future, Rory Smith of The Telegraph and Ben Smith of The Times both reported that Liverpool were still trying to negotiate a fee for the Uruguayan, £20-25M to be exact.
Today we saw more developments in the Suarez story with Damien Comolli, Liverpool’s sporting director, jetting out to the Netherlands to try and secure the signing of the much sought after striker. After prolonged talks, it was reported by TotalfootballNL on twitter that Ajax were holding out for a unprecendented €35M, a figure Liverpool were reluctant to meet.
TotalFootballNL had also reported earlier that Liverpool had had a bid of £15M rejected by the Dutch outfit, asking for £20M, until they set their next fee, rather drastically.
Comolli has returned back to Merseyside and has informed the board of the Ajax’s demands.
The deal on Suarez seems to have cooled since early this afternoon and nothing new has yet to be confirmed although recent speculation believes that Suarez wants to come to England and has recently issued a come and get me plea.
“England is a league that attracts me, a country where the football is really good,” Suarez told the Sunday Times.
“Alongside the Spanish league it is the best in the world. In England you have a lot of clubs with aspirations to become champions and they are also very strong in the Champions League at the European level.
“I used to think that English football was not my style. But I saw Tevez play at Boca and Corinthians and I never imagined that he would play in the Premier League.
“When I see the way that Tevez plays there I think I can be a big name in England. It’s because of the energy, and the spirit they put into the game in England. Now, I think it’s a kind of football that suits me.”
It’s also fair to note that back in 2007 when Suarez was playing for FC Groningen, Ajax had shown considerable interest in him. Groningen were reluctant to let Suarez leave and he became infuriated, deciding to take them to court. He lost out on that battle but soon moved to Ajax after continual persistence paid dividends for them.