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It's an indication of how Arsenal have operated in the transfer market in recent seasons that people just don't seem to be taking their bid to sign Luis Suarez terribly seriously. The fact that they have offered considerably less than Liverpool's reported trigger price has reinforced that view, but is there actually method in their apparent madness?
Here are three possible theories behind Arsenal's involvement in the increasingly yawn-inducing Suarez transfer saga...
1) Right, let's get the stupidest theory currently doing the rounds out of the way first - namely, that Arsenal's bid for the Uruguayan is little more than an exercise in PR to impress the fans. The idea here is that the Gunners have money to spend, but maybe not quite that much money. Underbidding, albeit with a club record offer, is designed to make them look serious without ever seriously getting Liverpool to deal with them.
Preposterous, surely? After all, what if Liverpool said, "Right, you're on!"? Would Arsenal have to embarrassingly backtrack or end up paying out 30 million notes for a player they never really wanted in the first place? Smacks of a poorly-thought-out conspiracy theory from those tired of Wenger and the Arsenal board. Dismiss it.
2) More laudable is the idea that Arsenal are indeed game-playing - but with Real Madrid rather than their own fans. Here's the logic: Arsenal want Higuain, but Madrid are playing silly buggers. Arsenal are aware that (unless he's entirely deluded) Suarez is a target of the Spanish club. Madrid want Suarez, but want to make Liverpool sweat and then panic into a late sale that is to Real's financial advantage. On the off-chance the deal doesn't go through, they'll hang on to Higuain as insurance.
Anxious to get Madrid dealing, Arsenal have bid for Suarez - (a) to show Real they have money, (b) to show them they have other targets and (c) to worry them into action for fear of losing Liverpool's want-away hit man. The Gunners thus hope to get Madrid engaged - buying Suarez and selling Higuain.
3) This may also hold some water - Arsenal actually want Suarez and have had some encouragement from his camp that he is gettable. On this basis, just because Liverpool want at least £40m doesn't mean Arsenal have to offer that - and certainly not as an opening gambit. The £30m was a display of interest. Returning with a reputed bid of £35m would give Liverpool cause for consideration.
Arsenal could be playing on the possibility that no other offer may come in for Suarez as the window progresses - and that Liverpool will panic, fearing that the player will pull a Javier Mascherano come the start of the season and force a move. Consequently, Liverpool may grudgingly accept the £5m shortfall in order to get a deal done as early as possible to allow Rodgers find some goalscoring replacements.
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